England 0-2 Australia: Lionesses weaknesses exposed – is this a wake-up call?
BBC News says There were no celebrations this time as England suffered the unfamiliar feeling of defeat – but with a World Cup looming was this just an untimely defeat or time to be concerned?
The end to the Lionesses’ stunning 30-game unbeaten run felt heavy as Australia ran out as comfortable 2-0 winners on Tuesday.
“We’re obviously gutted,” said England striker Alessia Russo. “We don’t like losing. I wouldn’t say I would ever want to lose a football game to learn from it, but I think it is important to have these lessons.”
Having gone almost two years without tasting defeat – a run which included matches against seven of the world’s top 10 sides – it was World Cup co-hosts Australia, ranked 10th in the world, who finally found a way to outwit Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman.
And it is not just the result, but the manner of it, that will ring some alarm bells for the side who have won four trophies in the past 14 months.