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Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe scored Sunday to steer the USA over Brazil 2-0 within the SheBelieves Cup, extending the reigning Girls’s World Cup champions’ two-year unbeaten streak.
Press opened the hosts’ account within the eleventh minute and Rapinoe netted the clincher within the 88th minute to raise the Individuals forward of Brazil within the four-nation match at Orlando, Florida.
The Individuals took their sixteenth consecutive victory and stretched their unbeaten run to 36 video games. They haven’t misplaced a match since falling to France in January 2019.
The US ladies, champions in three of 5 prior SheBelieves Cups, can full a round-robin sweep with a Wednesday overcome Argentina.
The Brazilians, guided by former US coach Pia Sundhage, opened by beating Argentina 4-1 to steer on purpose distinction earlier than dropping, shut their marketing campaign Wednesday in opposition to Canada.
Argentina had 4 gamers dominated out for the opener attributable to Covid-19 security protocols however two had been reinstated in time for Sunday’s later match in opposition to Canada.
Press rewarded an attacking US begin by taking the ball down the left wing, chopping inside and blasting a right-footed shot contained in the far put up for her 59th profession worldwide purpose.
Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara blocked a tough shot from US midfielder Rose Lavelle within the fifteenth minute because the hosts stored attacking, however they could not handle one other first-half tally.
Press managed one other probability within the opening seconds of the second half however Brazilian defenders cleared her centering kick.
Sustained US strain produced one other probability within the 61st minute for Alex Morgan however her shot was smothered.
Brazil’s Debinha managed a right-footed shot from the center of the penalty space within the 82nd but it surely went huge of the far put up.
A centering cross from Brazilian proper wing Ludmilla introduced requires a US handball from Marta within the 83rd however no whistle got here and Rapinoe scored an insurance coverage purpose off a rebound to seal the US victory.
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