Football

Press and Rapinoe combine to send USA top in SheBelieves Cup

USA win 2-0 against Brazil to maintain unbeaten record with one round left to play.

By Andrew Binner ·

Goals from Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe helped the US women's national football team to an impressive 2-0 win over Brazil in the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday (21 February).

Manchester United striker Press set her team on the path to victory with neat 11th-minute opener.

The second half saw a Marta-inspired Brazil desperately press forward in search of an equaliser, but they failed to find the target from several goal-scoring opportunities.

Super substitute Rapinoe eventually put the game to bed with a second goal on 87 minutes.

Reigning world champions the United States are now unbeaten in 36 consecutive games, and haven't lost against Brazil in their last seven meetings.

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The USA beat Canada 1-0 in their tournament opener on Thursday.

Their latest victory means they take a giant step towards securing a fourth SheBelieves title, as they sit atop the standings with one round to go.

Third-placed Canada take on basement side Argentina later this evening in Orlando's Exploria Stadium.