England Come Back to Secure 2-2 Draw vs. Germany in 2018 SheBelieves Cup

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IMarch 4, 2018

HARRISON, NJ - MARCH 04:  Ellen White #18 of England celebrates her goal with teammates Fran Kirby #10 and Fara Williams #4 in the first half against Germany during the  SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena on March 4, 2018 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Ellen White scored twice for England to secure a 2-2 draw with Germany in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup at the Red Bull Arena in New York on Sunday.

Germany twice went ahead in the game, but the Lionesses responded well to leave them with four points from their opening two games of the tournament.

The two teams shared their lineups on Twitter:

England striker Jodie Taylor showed how the Lionesses received a boost ahead of kick-off from a familiar face:

Germany started the game well and deservedly took the lead after 17 minutes. England failed to clear their lines, and Demi Stokes' clearance deflected off Hasret Kayikci and into the back of the net.

England responded immediately and were level within a minute. Mel Lawley raced down the right, and although her cross was cleared, it eventually fell to Fara Williams outside the box. Her shot took a deflection off Ellen White and deceived goalkeeper Almuth Schult.

The Lionesses showed the goal on Twitter:

Having drawn level, England had chances to take the lead. Barcelona forward Toni Duggan curled a shot just wide midway through the first half, and Williams saw her free-kick saved by Schult five minutes before half-time.

Phil Neville's side had another glorious chance at the start of the second half. The ball was worked to Fran Kirby in space in the penalty area, but she just hesitated and then turned into trouble. 

It was to prove a costly miss as Germany took the lead on 51 minutes after a series of errors in the England defence. A mix-up between goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain and Abbie McManus allowed Germany a shot on goal, and although the goalkeeper managed to block, the ball deflected off Millie Bright and into the goal.

Football writer Rich Laverty said England must learn from these mistakes:

Germany looked comfortable after going ahead, but a defensive lapse allowed England to level. A long ball forward from Stoke saw White beat the offside trap, and she kept her composure to beat Schult.

Football writer Paul Saffer noted how it was a landmark goal:

White missed a chance to secure her hat-trick late on. Again, she was played clean through but this time, she was at a tighter angle and could only fire straight at the goalkeeper who managed to block. 

England will be relieved to take a point after falling behind twice and showed real resilience to come back into the game. They were undone by defensive mistakes and improvements at the back are needed.

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