#SheBelievesCup: Lionesses lose to Spain, USA lift trophy

Spain's goalscorer, Alexia Putellas
Spain’s goalscorer, Alexia Putellas. Daniela Porceli / Joerdeli Photography

The USA made it three wins from three with a 3-1 defeat of Japan to secure the SheBelieves Cup, while England’s Women went down 1-0 to Spain.

Phil Neville’s side could not make anything of their first-half opportunities, with Ellen White blasting over the bar before both she and Nikita Parris just failed to connect with a Jordan Nobbs ball into the box.

After the restart, Carly Telford was forced into a brave save by Ainhoa Moraza, while Chloe Kelly came off the bench and dragged a shot wide.

The decisive moment arrived in the last ten minutes, as Player of the Tournament Alexia Putellas met a corner with a bullet header to see debutants Spain finish in second place.

Third SheBelieves Cup for USWNT

USA win 2020 SheBelieves Cup
Daniela Porceli / Joerdeli Photography

The USA took just 7 minutes to score against Japan, as Lindsey Horan was fouled on the edge of the box and Megan Rapinoe curled hme the resulting free kick.

In was 2-0 on 26 minutes as keeper Ayaka Yamashita’s clearance was intercepted by Rapinoe, who passed to Christen Press to chip the ball into the back of the net.

Mana Iwabuchi pulled a goal back around the hour mark but the post denied Japan an equaliser, before Horan scored off a Mallory Pugh corner with 7 minutes left.





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