Late English flurry buries Brazil
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In Group D's opening game at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, England recorded an impressive victory over one of the pre-tournament favourites, striker Danielle Carter contributing two excellent finishes.

After a messy start in which neither side could claim any dominance, Brazilian right-back Ketlen provided the first bright moment of the contest with a mazy run on six minutes, which ended in a cross-shot which Lauren Davey did well to hold. At the other end, Carter failed to make the most of a good chance four minutes later.

Twice in the first period England's Lucy Staniforth broke through on the right, but in both cases her cut-backs were wasted, Isobel Christiansen gliding the ball wide and Carter shooting straight at Aline in the Brazil goal. Brazil's best chance of the half came when Juliana Cardozo volleyed a speculative shot at goal from 35 yards; it evaded Daley but came down off the underside of the bar.

Thais had been causing England problems on the right throughout, and she nearly carved out an opening goal for Brazil when she cut the ball back for Raquel three minutes after the interval; the Brazilian striker, however, put the ball over the bar.

The game looked to be slowing down, but England suddenly came to life in the final 20 minutes of the game. Carter was rewarded for her fine work up front on 71 minutes, when Jessica Holbrook latched onto a long ball out of defence and played the striker in to expertly slide the ball past Aline with the outside of her right foot. The Brazilian keeper, injured in the challenge, was replaced by Eduarda, whose first task was to pick the ball out of the net as Christiansen sent a smart pass through to Lauren Bruton on the left, who finished with aplomb on 75 minutes.

England selaed the deal on 89 minutes, when substitute Paige Eli wriggled through the Brazilian defence on the left and slipped the ball through to Carter, who turned her marker neatly and fired home.