Germany 0-1 England

A Fara Williams penalty at the start of the second half of stoppage time was enough for England to claim victory in the third/fourth place playoff. Germany started the better side and remained so for most of the game, with Däbritz in particular posing a constant threat, popping up on both flanks. However, strong defending from England kept Germany at bay, with Houghton (who cleared off the line in the opening 10 minutes) and Bassett making plenty of good tackles and blocks; when Germany found a way past them, they found Bardsley in goal in inspired form, with several world-class saves. England’s best chance came in the second half, but Jill Scott was unable to get the ball out of her feet and get a threatening shot on target. Good chances were also at a premium because both sides committed a number of fouls to break up the game and prevent dangerous attacks being built quickly. The key moment occurred when Kemme brought Sanderson down in the area with something close to a rugby tackle; the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Williams sent Angerer the wrong way to give England the victory.


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