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FULL TIME Germany 0-1 England
ENGLAND BEAT GERMANY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN 21 GAMES!!! England finish third. That is the least they deserved.
Schmidt’s cross picks out Popp but her header is an easy save
The ball is in the England box, Mittag gets a touch, it comes off Houghton, but Bardsley claims. Two minutes to hold on
Daebritz’s corner is cleared for a throw by Stoney.
Petermann’s shot is blocked by Bassett, but Bardsley can’t keep the ball from going for a corner.
Popp puts an incredible cross to the far post where Schmidt is unmarked, but somehow she heads wide.
Jo Potter fouls Daebritz on the edge of the box. Right on the line. Popp taps in to Mittag who blasts the ball at Bardsley. She has to parry it, but the keeper pounces on the rebound.
112 mins – England Sub
Casey Stoney replaces Fara Williams
108 mins – GOAL Germany 0-1 ENGLAND (Fara Williams penalty)
Lots of poor play from Germany trying to put off Williams. But she places the ball into the bottom-left corner for the third time this World Cup.
106 mins – England Penalty Award
Lucy Bronze’s long throw into the box, Kemme is pulling Sanderson and stopping her getting to the ball. Harsh, but anywhere else, it is a foul.
SECOND HALF EXTRA TIME
Germany gets the last 15 minutes underway
HALF-TIME IN EXTRA-TIME
Is this going to penalties?
England are caught out here. Germany take the free-kick quickly, Daebritz breaks into the box, lays up Leupolz just outside the box, but luckily for England her shot is always rising over.
Germany now have a corner. Daebritz’s corner is punched clear by Bardsley, but then Bronze fouls Kemme.
Alexandra Popp replaces Lena Goessling.
Jill Scott goes for the ambitious from 35 yards, but the ball bounces harmlessly wide
99 mins – CLOSE
Goessling’s corner picks out Laudehr whose header goes well wide.
Laudehr is in so much space down the left, she tries to pick out Petermann but there is Houghton making the sliding block behind.
Goessling’s corner is headed away by Jill Scott and then cleared by Greenwood
Laudehr’s shot is blocked by Bassett. Then Petermann breaks into the box, but Houghton makes a brilliant last ditch tackle to concede the corner.
England have a corner. Williams picks out the unmarked Houghton at the back of the box, but she can’t get the direction to trouble Angerer.
Goessling’s corner is punched clear by Bardsley and then Kemme has a wild shot over.
What can Germany do from here. A free-kick, 30 yards from goal in a central position. Kemme’s effort hits Sanderson, but it takes a weird spin to go out for a corner.
92 mins – England Yellow Card
Laura Bassett is booked for a foul on Petermann
Bronze’s cross is only just about cleared by Peter. Then Greenwood launches the ball up to Sanderson, but Angerer bravely claims.
EXTRA-TIME FIRST HALF
England get extra time underway
END OF 90 MINUTES
Whisper it. This might go to a penalty shootout.
England have a corner, which eventually Germany try and counter but it peters out after Houghton tackles Goessling on the half-way line which both players need treatment
Carney picks out Aluko in the box, but it never falls for her and Peter clears just about.
England have a free-kick, 25 yards on the right. Greenwood’s delivery is cleared, but England recycle the ball to Bronze. Her cross falls to Houghton outside the box, but her right-footed shot goes over.
Jill Scott’s long ball sends Aluko into the box, but she overhits her headed touch which allows Angerer to bravely collect the ball.
Once again Aluko uses her pace to win England a corner. Williams’ corner is cleared, and although England recycle the ball to Bronze, her cross is poor
83 mins – England Yellow Card
Karen Bardsley booked for time wasting
Kemme picks out Mittag, but her shot is blocked by Houghton.
80 mins – England Sub
Lianne Sanderson replaces Chapman
Great patient move from Germany, sees Laudehr try and break into the box, but she is tackled incredibly by Laura Bassett
Fara Williams spots Angerer off the line, but despite being 40 yards from goal tries the lob, but the keeper recovers.
77 mins – England Yellow Card
Katie Chapman is booked for a foul on Daebritz
76 mins – CLOSE
England break with Bronze, she passes to Aluko who slides Jill Scott into the box, but she takes too many touches and her shot is blocked. England recycle in back to the right. Carney plays a delightful ball to the far post, but Jill Scott can’t stretch enough to get the crucial touch
Aluko uses her pace down the right, her cross is cleared to Williams who launches a left-footed thunderbolt into Schmidt’s chest, but Chapman or Greenwood can’t get the vital touch at Peter clears
73 mins – Germany Sub
Anja Mittag replaces Celia Sasic
73 mins – CLOSE
Aluko’s pace wins a corner. Williams’ delivery goes in but Germany get to make their change. No they don’t. Confusion reigns. But Williams picks out Jill Scott at the far post, but she heads wide.
Kemme cuts into the central area as she runs at the box and on the edge of the box she only just shoots wide.
Germany gets the ball into the England box numerous times, but eventually Schmidt’s shoots well over.
66 mins – CLOSE
England have a corner, what can Greenwood do? She picks out Houghton, but she can’t get the right contact as her header goes wide.
61 mins – ENGLAND SUB
Eniola Aluko replaces Ellen White.
Goessling’s corner picks out Petermann who heads into the ground, but Bardsley punches clear.
Good play from Laudehr gets a cross to Petermann whose header deflects of Bassett.
A quickly taken German free-kick nearly catches out England, but when Daebritz’s cross picks out Sasic, she is crowded out and the striker heads well wide.
England corner. Williams plays it short to Potter whose left-footed shot is blocked.
Goessling’s corner is blocked by Chapman and Carney. Goessling then launches the ball back into the box, it falls to Petermann whose shot is blocked by Houghton.
53 mins – WHAT A SAVE
Sasic’s deep cross picks out Daebritz whose volley is going in the bottom left corner, but Bardsley leaps to parry the ball around the post with two hands.
England have a corner. Williams tries to pick out Bronze had the far post, but she overhits her delivery.
England have a free-kick from 35 yards. Williams’ delivery is great, but Laudehr heads clear.
Germany quickly create a chance but Bianca Schmidt’s shot is far too ambitious
Germany kick the second half off
Half-Time Sub – Germany
Melanie Leupolz replaces Melanie Behringer.
HALF-TIME Germany 0-0 England
England will be happy to have frustrated Germany. Both chances for both sides.
Germany have a corner. This will be the last action of the first half. Behringer’s ball finds Sasic at the far post, but her volley is blocked by England.
Daebritz runs at the England defence, but in the end, her shot is blocked.
43 mins – CLOSE
Germany have a free-kick, 40 yards from the England goal. Behringer’s ball in is cleared by Chapman and Potter. But Germany recycle the ball to the left, Kemme’s cross picks out Sasic, but she heads over.
Goessling plays a powerful ball into the box where Sasic is made a brilliant run, but she can’t get a good first touch and Barsley claims.
England have a free-kick just inside Germany’s half. Williams’ ball in though is cleared by Germany.
Greenwood’s corner is cleared, but her second ball sees a clash of heads between Bartusiak and Bronze.
Super skill from Lucy Bronze sees her break into the German box and win a corner.
Goessling’s corner picks out Behringer, her header loops out towards Petermann, but one-handedly Bardsley catches.
England work a long-distance free kick to Greenwood whose ball into the box picks out Ellen White, but her header goes wide.
Germany have a free-kick, 35 yards from goal, but Behringer’s ball in is cleared by England.
Petermann has a wild shot from outside the box, and it goes well wide.
18 mins – CLOSE
Behringer’s corner is cleared, but Goessling chips the ball to Daebritz on the edge of the box, she chests the ball down, turns and then volleys just over.
England have a free-kick, about 40 yards from goal. Greenwood’s ball is cleared, but Germany counter. Daebritz’s ball slides Goessling behind England’s defence but her cutback is turned behind by Basset.
Williams corner is played to the edge of the box to Potter, but she can’t get the ball under control to get a shot off.
12 mins – CLOSE
England have a corner. Williams’ corner is punched clear by Angerer and Potter’s shot is blocked. Lucy Bronze uses her skill to make room in the box, cuts the ball back to Houghton but she can’t get the correct contact on her shot and Angerer saves.
Better from England. A good passing move sets up Fara Williams but her long range effort goes wide. She mishit that.
9 mins- CLOSE
Close again from Germany. Petermann sends Sasic into the box, but her shot is weak and straight at Bardsley.
8 mins – CLOSE & GREAT CLEARANCE
Thank goodness Houghton was back on. Tabea Kemme’s cross picked out Bianca Schmidt whose header is flicked past Bardsley by Jo Potter, but there is Houghton to hook the ball off the line.
Houghton is back on the pitch and seems okay.
Steph Houghton needs some treatment due to Celia Sasic accidentally stepping on her foot.
Behringer’s corner is just away punched clear by Bardsley.
1 mins – CLOSE
Nearly a great start from Germany. Daebritz picks out Petermann, but her header is well tipped around the post low down by Bardsley.
England gets the game underway.
England playing in red. Omen? At least they have white numbers and names…please take note Germany. Please.
The teams are out. Time for the National Anthems.
Whilst it could be argued Germany failed to turn up against the USA, including missing a penalty, you can’t say that about England. The cruelty of the method shed tears around the country in a way that hadn’t been done since 1990. Let’s hope today, there is something to celebrate.
20:43 – Germany Team
Nadine Angerer, Bianca Schmidt, Saskia Bartusiak, Babett Peter, Tabea Kemme, Lena Goessling, Melanie Behringer, Simone Laudehr, Lena Petermann, Sara Daebritz, Celia Sasic.
20:43 – England Team
Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Laura Bassett, Alex Greenwood, Jo Potter, Fara Williams, Jill Scott, Katie Chapman, Karen Carney, Ellen White.
I’ve still not gotten over the cruelty of England’s defeat to Japan, but here we have the match to decide the third-placed team. England deserve it, all they have to do though is to win their first ever game against Germany. No biggy.