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England under-17 have made a superb start to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Brazil in their opening group match in Wellington.
Brazil defender Ketlen made the first opening with a skillful run after just six minutes and then provided a fierce cross which England goalkeeper Lauren Davey did well to hold.
Twice in the first period Lucy Staniforth broke through on the right for England, but in both cases her crosses were wasted, Isobel Christiansen gliding the ball wide and Danielle Carter shooting straight at Aline in the Brazil goal.
Brazil's best chance of the half came when Juliana Cardozo volleyed a speculative shot at goal from 35 yards which evaded Daley but came down off the underside of the bar.
Thais had been causing England problems on the right throughout, and she nearly carved out an opening goal for Brazil when she cut the ball back for Raquel three minutes after the interval but the Brazilian striker put her shot over the bar.
Just as it seemed the game was heading for a draw in the last 20 minutes, England struck a decisive blow. Carter was rewarded for her fine work up front on 71 minutes, when Jessica Holbrook latched onto a long ball out of defence and played the striker in to expertly slide the ball past Aline with the outside of her right foot.
The Brazilian keeper, injured in the challenge, was replaced by Eduarda, whose first task was to pick the ball out of the net as Christiansen sent a smart pass through to Lauren Bruton on the left, who finished with aplomb on 75 minutes.
England sealed the result in the dying minutes as substitute Paige Eli wriggled through the Brazilian defence on the left and slipped the ball through to Carter, who turned her marker neatly and fired home.
After the game, England coach Lois Fidler said: "We went into this game as underdogs, and I think people possibly underestimated us. I can't fault the players, they prepared thoroughly for this game and deserved the win.
"Brazil are a fantastic side with loads of flair, and we've managed to get a great result against them today."
England: Lauren Davey, Rachel Daly (sub Lucy Bronze 69mins), Naomi Chadwick, Jessica Holbrook (sub Paige Eli 86mins), Jodie Jacobs, Gemma Bonner, Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Isobel Christiansen, Lucy Staniforth (sub Rebecca Jane 61mins), Lauren Bruton. Subs not used: Amy Carr, Stephanie Marsh, Jemma Rose, Sarah Wiltshire, Rachel Pitman, Kirsty Linnett, Julianna Draycott.
Brazil: Aline (sub Eduarda 74mins), Tuani, Bruna, Rafaelle, Thais, Raquel, Beatriz (sub Juliana 19mins), Franciele (sub Ana Caroline 56mins), Fernanda, Juliana Cardozo, Ketlen. Subs not used: Thatiane, Rafaela Baroni, Carine, Taiana, Rafaela.
James Prickett is keeping a blog at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup - you can view it from his website at www.jamesprickett.co.uk!
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