Czech Republic 2-3 England: Leah Williamson’s late goal gives Lionesses win


Mead’s fine finish puts England ahead

Leah Williamson’s first international goal rescued a late win for England in a friendly against the Czech Republic to ease the pressure on boss Phil Neville and his side.

Coming into the game with just one victory in seven games, England trailed to Tereza Szewieczkova’s finish.

A Beth England volley and Beth Mead’s curled shot put the Lionnesses in front, only for Szewieczkova to level.

But Williamson’s deflected effort in the 86th minute secured the win.

It means England end 2019 on a high note, although this display in Ceske Budejovice was strewn with the same sloppiness that has become too familiar since losing a World Cup semi-final to the USA in the summer.

Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Germany, in front of a record crowd at Wembley, was a fifth defeat in seven outings and the two goals conceded against world number 28 side the Czech Republic mean England have now leaked 15 goals in their past eight games.

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