Wendie Renard fires France to victory over England in Philadelphia

01 March 2017 11:25

England suffered an agonising late defeat as France claimed a 2-1 win in the SheBelieves Cup in Philadelphia.

Jordan Nobbs gave the Lionesses a 1-0 lead which lasted until the 80th minute, when Marie-Laure Delie headed in an equaliser.

And France took the aerial route again to score a winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time through Wendie Renard.

England Women boss Mark Sampson had told his side to prove they could be world beaters ahead of the 'Battle of Britain' with Scotland at Euro 2017.

And England made a fine start, taking the lead when Jill Scott picked up a loose pass out of the France defence.

Scott played it inside for Nobbs, who struck a vicious right-footed shot from 25 yards which deceived the France goalkeeper.

Delie was unable to control a bouncing ball as France missed the chance to equalise after 60 minutes.

But Les Bleus did level matters when Delie got between Steph Houghton and Millie Bright to head in a right-wing cross.

And Renard got the final touch from a corner as the ball bounced over England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

England next play the United States on Saturday and Germany next Tuesday.

The three matches are a vital part of the Lionesses' preparations for this summer's European Championship.

England also play Italy and Austria in April.

Source: PA

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