Sarina WigmanThe European champions had been on the right track for a slender victory after taking the lead within the first half by means of a well-worked workforce aim completed by Ella Toon.
However Copa America Feminina winners Brazil threatened to spoil the get together within the 93rd minute when Andresa Alves scored from shut vary after England goalkeeper Mary Earps failed to carry on to a cross.
With no further time, the sport went straight to penalties.
Georgia Stanway, Rachael Daly and Alex Greenwood scored from the spot to place England forward 3–1.
Caroline stored the competitors alive however Kelly – who scored the successful aim within the European Championship last at Wembley final 12 months – fired residence to seal the victory.
“I believe we’ve got this workforce made up of nice individuals, employees and gamers,” Kelly stated. “It is about shifting ahead and being prepared for July (when the Girls’s World Cup begins).
“There was one other problem right here tonight however we’re constructing momentum and now let’s transfer on.”
The Lionesses at the moment are 30 video games unbeaten – and are but to lose underneath Dutch coach Wiegman – as they rely all the way down to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Wigman’s England beat Germany 2-1 in final 12 months’s European Championship last to safe their place within the showpiece match, whereas Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 to win their eighth Copa América Feminina title.
The group of greater than 83,000 and gamers held a minute’s applause to recollect Brazilian nice Pele, who died in December.
Fifth-ranked England began strongly, enjoying with gusto and assurance and limiting the guests with out injured file scorer Marta for infrequent breaks.
Lucy Bronze dunked it into the palms of goalkeeper Leticia from distance and on the different finish Jess Carter made a vital block to disclaim the vigorous Gees.
England received the reward they deserved within the twenty third minute when Manchester United ahead Toon accomplished a flowing transfer down the precise, connecting sweetly with a cross from Bronze.
The house followers thought England had doubled their lead simply earlier than the half-hour mark, however Lauren James’ strike was disallowed for offside.
Brazilian coach Pia Sundhage introduced in Andresa and Adriana for Lauren and Beatriz Zaneretto, and the adjustments had an instantaneous impact.
Karoline Erps went previous with a strike from distance that went away from the aim.
Earps produced a wonderful save, pushing the ball over the crossbar simply earlier than the hour to disclaim Geese.
England ultimately regained some extent of management, however suffered the shock of conceding a late equalizer earlier than the enjoyment of a penalty.