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Mar 4, 2016 at 12.45am UK
USA WomenUSA Women
1-0
England WomenEngland Women
Dunn (72')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: England Women undone by single strike from USA's Crystal Dunn

England Women are beaten 1-0 by USA Women in the first of three SheBelieves Cup matches in Tampa.

England Women were handed a 1-0 defeat by USA Women as Crystal Dunn's second-half strike was the only thing to separate the two sides at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Thursday.

Mark Sampson's side impressed against the World Cup winners, but they could not respond to Dunn's 72nd-minute goal in the first of a three-match run in the SheBelieves Cup.

It was a fast start from England as Demi Stokes created an early opportunity when she unleashed a left-footed shot, but it was charged down by the USA's defence.

The Lionesses appealed for a penalty in the 35th minute when the ball struck the arm of defender Becky Sauerbrunn, but the referee waved away the claims.

The best opportunity for England came 14 minutes after the restart when Toni Duggan stormed behind her opponents' defence to latch on to Fara Williams's pass.

The Manchester City Ladies star had a free shot at goal, but her effort towards the bottom left corner was grabbed by goalkeeper Hope Solo.

The USA delivered a sucker-punch to England when Dunn turned away from Steph Houghton before making her way into the penalty area to score from the left side.

England will play Germany on Sunday and then France next Wednesday.

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England's Steph Houghton (5) celebrates her score against Norway during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Round of 16 football match at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa on June 22, 2015
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