Arsenal Ladies defender Stephanie Houghton delighted with 'unbelievable' Wembley win as

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Boreham Wood-based Arsenal Ladies’ defender Stephanie Houghton stated she “couldn't dream of a better day” after scoring the winner for Team GB against Brazil at Wembley.

Hope Powell’s side had already qualified for the next round but victory over the South American nation meant they topped the group and go on to face Canada at the City of Coventry Stadium on Friday evening.

It was a closely fought match against Brazil but Team GB got off to the perfect start as Houghton netted what proved to be the winner in the second minute.

Karen Carney's low cross into the box was met well by the defender and she skipped past the onrushing goalkeeper before firing home.

Fellow Arsenal Ladies player Kelly Smith missed a second half penalty but it didn’t turn out to be crucial as Team GB held on to claim a deserved victory.

Reflecting on the victory, Houghton said: "The whole day has just been fantastic.

"It's unbelievable and amazing. To play in front of more than 70,000 people, you couldn't dream of a better day.

"There was no pressure on us because we knew we had qualified for the quarter-finals already. But now we are looking forward to Friday against Canada and we will just try to recover and then focus on that match."

Despite featuring in all three matches as a left-back, Houghton has scored in each of Team GB’s matches.

Explaining her strike against Brazil, she said: "It came from a corner and I just gambled on the ball being played through.

"I thought the goalkeeper would get there first, but I just got it past her and then hit it as fast as I could."

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