The match ended on a penalty shoot-out, with Thursday’s win allowing England to extend their unbeaten streak to 30 games.
England beat Brazil 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout to win the first-ever Women’s Finalissima at a packed Wembley on Thursday, with Euro 2022 hero Chloe Kelly scoring the winning spot-kick after a 1-1 draw.
Sarina Wiegman’s European champions were on course for a narrow win after taking the lead in the first half through a well-worked team goal finished off by Ella Toone.
But Copa America Femenina winners Brazil threatened to spoil the party when Andressa Alves fired home from close range in the 93rd minute after England goalkeeper Mary Earps failed to hold on to a cross. With no extra time, the game went straight to penalties.
Georgia Stanway, Rachel Daly and Alex Greenwood scored from the spot to put England 3-1 ahead.
Kerolin kept the contest alive but Kelly – who scored the winning goal in the European Championship final at Wembley last year – slotted home coolly to seal the win.
“I think we’re made of great people in this team, staff and players,” said Kelly. “It’s about moving forward and being ready for July (when the Women’s World Cup starts).
“It was another challenge here tonight but we’re building momentum and keep moving forward now.”
The Lionesses are now unbeaten in 30 games – and are yet to lose under Dutch coach Wiegman – as they count down to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Wiegman’s England secured their place in the showpiece match by beating Germany 2-1 in the European Championship final last year while Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 to win their eighth Copa America Femenina title.
The crowd of more than 83,000 and the players took part in a minute’s applause to remember Brazil great Pele, who died in December.
Fifth-ranked England started strongly, playing with swagger and assurance and limiting the visitors, without injured record scorer Marta, to occasional breaks.
Lucy Bronze stung the hands of goalkeeper Leticia from distance and at the other end Jess Carter made a crucial block to deny the lively Geyse.
England got the reward they deserved in the 23rd minute when Manchester United forward Toone finished a flowing move down the right, connecting sweetly with a cross from Bronze.
The home fans thought England had doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark but Lauren James’ strike was ruled out for offside.
Brazil coach Pia Sundhage brought on Andressa and Adriana for Lauren and Beatriz Zaneratto and the changes had an immediate impact.
Kerolin went close with a strike from distance that drifted wide of Earps’ goal.
Earps then produced an outstanding save, pushing the ball onto the top of the crossbar shortly before the hour to deny Geyse.
England eventually regained a measure of control, but suffered the shock of conceding a late equaliser before their penalty joy.