Brazil stand in England and Anna Patten’s way in must-win game
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The mighty Brazil stand in the way of England’s continued participation in the U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.
After an entertaining 3-3 draw with North Korea on Saturday, the young side were held to a no-score draw by Nigeria on Tuesday.
It means England, for whom Harpenden’s Anna Patten has played every minute so far, know only a win against the South Americans on Saturday will secure passage to the quarter-finals.
The draw against North Korea saw England lead twice through Ellie Brazil and Georgia Stanway.
But they needed a stunning 94th minute strike from Alessia Russo to restore parity.
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Stanway almost provided another late winner in the clash with Nigeria but her powerful effort sailed just over.
Speaking after the draw with the Africans, England coach John Griffiths said: “I’m pleased with the result, but I know the next game against Brazil will be different.
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“We’ve got two days to step up our preparations and try to cut out the kind of errors we’ve made in the first two games.”
Kick-off on Saturday is at 2pm.