england 1-2 germany
It was raining cats and dogs but a bit of rain wasn’t enough to stop a record-breaking 77,768 cram into Wembley to watch The Lionesses v Germany!
This was the biggest number of people to watch an England women’s football match in England EVER!
Sadly, the Lionesses struggled at the beginning and end of this historic match and were left heartbroken in the 89th minute when Klara Bulh’s low finish snatched a win for the impressive Germans!
The Lionesses started more like Lion Cubs: letting big German defender Lena Oberdorf roam into their half to set up captain Alexandra Popp who forced an awesome tip on to the bar by England keeper Mary Earps after just two minutes!
England were being too nice to their German visitors who are the second best women’s team in the world right now! They had loads of possession and after eight minutes, guess what? Germany scored!
Right back Katherin Hendrich clipped a half volley into the box and England should’ve been marking the dangerous Alexandra Popp much closer. She nodded a header past the helpless Earps to silence Wembley!
Germany’s short passing had England bamboozled and Earps was soon getting muddy again, first saving an Oberdorf header, before a low shot from forward Klara Buhl had her diving low to her right to prevent it becoming 2-0!
ENGLAND RECOVERY STARTS!
As the game went on, England settled and Nikita Parris raised the noise level with some good work down the right, earning a corner that was punched away by German keeper Merle Frohms!
Germany really brought their physical game, just ask Beth Mead! The Arsenal forward was crunched by a very dangerous, high challenge from Sara Doorsoun that could’ve caused injury. Luckily Mead was okay to continue, and Doorsun was rightly booked!
On 34 minutes, experienced striker Ellen White won the ball in Germany’s half and threaded a through ball to Beth Mead who rounded the keeper only to be brought down before she was able to apply a finish!
PENALTY TO ENGLAND!
PARRIS PEN HEARTACHE!
Up stepped Nikita Parris, but her bad luck from the spot continued as Frohms produced a stunning save via her hand then leg to deflect Parris’ drive down the middle over the bar!
Poor Nikita missed two out of three spot kicks at the World Cup, and now this one in front of 77,000 at Wembley!
England powered on, Beth Mead continued to look dangerous, her through ball found Nikita Parris, but a heavy first touch allowed Frohms to rush out and smother the chance!
Then, on 43 minutes, the roof was lifted – Keira Walsh swung in a lovely ball for Ellen White to poke home from six yards out!
Six goals in France and now one here at Wembley. Not bad, Ellen, not bad at all! England headed into half-time on a high!
SLEEPY SECOND HALF!
The second half took a while to get going, but shortly after an anti-clockwise Mexican wave has started waving round Wembley, Ellen White managed a shot at goal. Sadly it was never troubling the German keeper!
On 51 minutes the game ‘POPPed’ into life! Uber dangerous German captain Alexandra Popp hit a thunder-blaster 20 yards out and Earps JUST about had it covered as it flew over the bar!
Earps was properly tested shortly after, Klara Buhl let off a fierce low drive that England’s keeper did well to parry, Lina Magull was first to the rebound and poked home BUT the assistant ref’s flag was rightly raised as Magull was offside when Bulh hit her rocket shot!
Lucky escape Lionesses!
As the game entered the final 20 minutes, Germany’s attacks became more and more regular!
Alex Greenwood let Germany’s right-back get past her but the cross was headed away by England’s reliable captain Steph Houghton!
Kathrin Hegering had a long range effort fly wide, Houghton bravely blocked a shot then Lucy Bronze headed away a dangerous deep cross as England hung on!
Then, with 60 seconds of normal time left, heartbreak! Klara Buhl was allowed to carry the ball into the box, she fired low and hard across Earps into her bottom left hand corner with Steph Houghton unable to get close enough to prevent the shot!
There was time for Jill Scott to lift a ball over the top of the German defence to Jodie Taylor but she couldn’t connect cleanly!
Three minutes later, an England freekick was punched clear by Frohms, the ref blew for full-time and a cold wet Wembley was silenced!
PHIL NEVILLE POST MATCH QUOTES:
“That was a killer blow at the end.
“The first 22 minutes and last eight minutes have cost us, we weren’t good enough and Germany were better than us.
“It will be a massive test for us to see how our players can respond to disappointments.
“It’s costing us (penalty misses) it takes unbelievable courage to take them. I had total confidence she (Nikita Parris) would score, she wanted to take the penalty, she’s practiced all week.
“We had a list of three today: Nikita was one, Alex Greenwood, Beth Mead were in the order as well. We’ll have to speak to Nikita and see how she feels. She came off them at the World Cup and she’s back on them now.
“We should be proud of how far we’ve come in such a short space of time.”
MARY EARPS POST MATCH QUOTES!
“To play at Wembley in front of a sell-out crowd, pretty much, is just an incredible feeling.
“So many people over the years told me I’d never ever get to this point, there’s so many people that wanted to see me fail in that aspect so I think if I had a message for the kids who are told they can’t do it, or that the odds are against them, then I’d say go for it anyway, pursue your dreams vigorously and see how far you can go!
“Tonight I played in front of seventy-seven thousand people at Wembley and it’s a game that, even though I’m disappointed with the result, I’m sure I’ll remember for a very very very long time!”