England 1-1 Australia: Fran Kirby scores again but wasteful Lionesses held


Fran Kirby is among the nominees for the inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or award

England paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal as they drew with an under-strength Australia at Craven Cottage.

Chelsea forward Fran Kirby turned and fired the Lionesses ahead midway through the first half after being found by Beth Mead, who had latched on to a poor clearance by Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Lucy Staniforth then had a second goal ruled out for offside on the stroke of half-time, with replays showing the officials got the decision wrong.

England failed to take further chances, although they had two strong claims for a penalty turned down, and defender Clare Polkinghorne headed in from a corner with six minutes remaining to deny the hosts a sixth successive win.

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