#SheBelievesCup: Lionesses draw with USA but Japan go top of table

USA midfielder Julie Ertz stretches for the ball from a corner kick against England. (PA Images)

England drew 2-2 with hosts USA in front of 22,000 in Nashville but Japan lead the SheBelieves Cup table on goal-difference after beating Brazil 3-1 and finish up against the Lionesses on Tuesday.

Megan Rapinoe had the Americans ahead on 33 minutes with a powerful half-volley that gave goalkeeper Karen Bardsley no chance but England took just 3 minutes to equalise.

Adrianna Franch handled a back pass and Toni Duggan rolled the indirect free kick aside for Steph Houghton to bend into the corner of the net.

Nikita Parris put England 2-1 up early in the second half with a shot just inside the far post after being played in by Fran Kirby’s pass.

The USA comfortably out-shot England without finding the target too many times but did level in the 67th minute following efforts by Tierna Davidson, Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath, the latter finally netting despite Rachel Daly’s initial clearance.

Tobin Heath scores past a group of England defenders. (PA Images)

USA: Adrianna Franch, Kelley O’Hara (Becky Sauerbrunn, 60), Abby Dahlkemper, Julie Ertz, Mallory Pugh (Christen Press, 55), Tierna Davidson, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe (C), Rose Lavelle (Samantha Mewis, 64), Tobin Heath, Crystal Dunn (Carli Lloyd, 87)

England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton (C), Abbie McManus, Nikita Parris (Jodie Taylor, 88), Fran Kirby (Beth Mead, 73), Toni Duggan, Demi Stokes, Rachel Daly, Ellen White (Georgia Stanway, 80)

Japan struck twice in the last 9 minutes for a 3-1 victory over a Brazil side who had been unable to make the most of their opportunities.

Emi Nakajima set up the opening goal close to the interval, finding Yuka Momiki who chipped goalkeeper Aline.

Brazil were back on level terms before the hour mark, Debinha driving the ball through a crowded area after Japan failed to clear the ball.

Momiki crossed for Rikako Kobayashi to head the Nadeshiko in front on 81 minutes and also played a part in the third goal 4 minutes later, feeding Yui Hasegawa who cut inside to fire home from 12 yards.

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