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Czech Republic Women 2-3 England Women: Lionesses end 2019 on a high as late Leah Williamson strike eases pressure on boss Phil Neville England battled to a dogged victory over the Czech Republic with a 3-2 win  The home side took the lead through Szewieckova but it was soon cancelled out England hitback with a quick double through Bethany England and Beth Mead Szewieckova leveled for the hosts with a stunning left-footed effort  Arsenal midfielder Leah Williamson won the game for England late on  

By Claire Bloomfield For The Daily Mail

Published: 21:07 GMT, 12 November 2019 | Updated: 21:16 GMT, 12 November 2019

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Ending the year on a winning note must have been in Phil Neville’s mind when he scheduled the Lionesses’ final international friendly of the year against 28th ranked Czech Republic.

Though the snow will have been an unwanted extra on a night that had so much resting on it – for the England manager, at least.

Although scraping through with an unconvincing win should be just enough to keep the FA hierarchy at bay in the short term – the stats still don’t look pretty. Just two wins in eight games, and Neville clinging on.

A quickfire double from Bethany England and Beth Mead gave the visitors the lead

A quickfire double from Bethany England and Beth Mead gave the visitors the lead

Mead's strike for England was a beautifully curled effort from inside the box into the top corner

Mead's strike for England was a beautifully curled effort from inside the box into the top corner

However the World Cup semi finalists struggled to break down a stubborn Czech defence

However the World Cup semi finalists struggled to break down a stubborn Czech defence

MATCH FACTS

Czech Republic (3-5-2): Votikova; Sedlackova, Bertholdova, Sonntagova; Szewieckova (Khyrova 71), Cahynova, Svitkova, Jarchovska, Vonkova; Staskova (K. Dubcova 85), Martinkova 

Subs not used: Chlastakova, M. Dubcova, Lukasova, Necidova, Nepokojova, Ringelova, Ruzickova

Booked: N/A

Goals: Szewieckova (15, 27)

Manager: Karel Rada

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