Ellen White brace earns England women draw against Germany

Posted Monday, March 05, 2018 by PA

Ellen White brace earns England women draw against Germany

Ellen White equalised twice as England women battled to a 2-2 draw with Germany in Phil Neville’s second match in charge.

Neville had enjoyed a sensational start to life as England boss after their 4-1 hammering of France on Friday but they were taking a step up in class at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

Germany, ranked second in the world, twice took the lead but White pegged them back both times to secure a hugely creditable draw in the SheBelieves Cup.

Watched by former England captain David Beckham, Neville’s former Manchester United team-mate, the Lionesses fell behind after 17 minutes.

Hasret Kayikci fired Germany ahead with England unable to clear their lines in the penalty area.

But White struck back just a minute later, the Birmingham striker in the right place at the right time to deflect in a drive from the edge of the box from Fara Williams.

Toni Duggan almost gave England the lead after she was fed by Fran Kirby but sent her curling effort narrowly wide.

Ellen White brace earns England women draw against Germany
Ellen White twice hauled England level (Mike Egerton/PA)

Williams then tested Almuth Schult with a low free-kick which the Germany goalkeeper just managed to get a hand to.

It was a strong end to the first half from England but they undid all their good work within six minutes of the restart.

An awful defensive mix-up culminated in goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain, winning her 50th cap, having to hack the ball clear off her own goal-line.

Unfortunately, her clearance hit the heel of Millie Bright and rolled back into the net for a calamitous own goal.

However, White levelled matters again with a cool finish in the 73rd minute.

Chasing a long ball over the top, White beat the offside trap and held her nerve before slotting the ball past Schult.

Substitute Rachel Daly had a chance to win it for England but shot straight at Schult with three minutes remaining.


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