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England secure late win to keep SheBelieves hopes alive

A late goal from Ellen White secured England a 1-0 victory over Japan in the SheBelieves Cup.

In a quiet encounter both sides struggled to create chances with the Lionesses just edging the play in New Jersey.

The goal from substitute White came in the 87th minute after connecting well with a Toni Duggan cross.

The victory keeps England’s hopes alive of regaining their SheBeliveves title after their first game loss to USA.

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England had the chance to take the lead in the 4th minute as Lauren Hemp went through on goal but Japan goalkeeper Sakiko Ikeda tipped the ball wide.

The first chance for Japan came in the 11th minute as Hina Sugita was denied by the post as she hit a dipping effort from the edge of the England area.

Just 3 minutes later, The Lionesses went through on goal again but Bethany England’s low shot was again saved by Ikeda.

In the second half both teams struggled to create chances. Jordan Nobbs hit over on the half volley which was the best opportunity for both sides heading into the final 20 minutes.

The decisive moment in the game came late with White slotting home a Toni Duggan cross after a mix up in the Japanese defence.

England’s next game in the competition comes on Wednesday as the Lionesses face Spain.

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