#SheBelievesCup: Lionesses land title with 3-0 win over Japan

England celebrate after defeating Japan and winning the She Believes Cup. (PA Images)

Some clinical England finishing in the opening half hour brought Phil Neville’s side a 3-0 victory over Japan and the 2019 SheBelieves Cup title.

Jodie Taylor had a hand in each of the first two goals, firstly passing to Lucy Stanforth who fired inside the post from 18 yards out in the 12th minute

Midway through the half Lucy Bronze’s throw in found Taylor and she crossed for Karen Carney to head in from inside the six-yards box.

It was 3-0 on 30 minutes when Keira Walsh played a terrific ball to Beth Mead and she then cut past a defender and gave herself an angle from which she finished well.

England might have lacked efforts on goal for much of the rest of the game but the first third of the match had been decisive.

Jodie Taylor of England. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton (c), Leah Williamson, Alex Greenwood, Isobel Christiansen (Georgia Stanway, 39), Keira Walsh (Gemma Bonner, 59), Beth Mead (Chioma Ubogagu, 65), Lucy Stanforth (Fran Kirby, 81), Karen Carney (Toni Duggan, 65), Jodie Taylor (Ellen White, 51)

Japan: Erina Yamane, Risa Shimizu (Asato Miyagawa 80), Risako Oga (Yuka Momiki, 46), Moeka Minami, Aya Sameshima (c), Moeno Sakaguchi (Rikako Kobayashi, 46), Arisa Matsubara, Hina Sugita, Yui Hasegawa, Mayu Ikejiri (Narumi Miiura, 46), Jun Endo (Kumi Yokoyama, 46)

Attendance: 8,580

The USA had to settle for the runners-up spot, achieved with their first win of the tournament, a 1-0 victory against Brazil in front of a 14,009 in Tampa Bay.

Mallory Pugh was denied a penalty in the opening seconds but they were ahead in the 20th minute.

Tobin Heath went on a run before picking out Alex Morgan to run in behind the defence and although her shot was well saved by Aline, Heath was on hand to bury the rebound.

Brazil might have scored in the last 15 minutes but Ashlyn Harris made a point-blank save and also kept out a Marta free kick.