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Gritty England shut out Germany
 Women's Football News 14 Sep 2007
 
Gritty England shut out Germany - 14 Sep 2007 - Women's Football NewsEngland 0 Germany 0
England dug in to record one of the best results in their history and their destiny now lies in their own hands going into the final group game against Argentina.
 
A win will guarantee their place in the quarter finals and a brilliant defensive display kept the free scoring Germans at bay, giving them few chances and a fine late save from Rachel Brown helped England hold on for a precious point.
 
Hope Powell sprung a selection surprise before the game as Rachel Yankey was left out along with Eniola Aluko, which meant Mary Phillip starting at right back with Anita Asante coming into the centre, Alex Scott playing on the right and Karen Carney the left, and Kelly Smith playing as a lone striker.
 
The first attempt on goal came from Germany as Annike Krahn headed past the post from a corner while at the other end, Nadine Angerer misjudged a long ball forward but the ball bounced just past the post. From the resulting corner, Faye White headed wide.
 
Melanie Behringer drove a free kick over the bar but another kick led to unfortunate consequences for England, leading to a booking for Katie Chapman which rules her out of the final group match against Argentina.
 
The dreadful playing surface was making it difficult for both teams to keep possession and chances were scarce at either end as a result. England did have an opportunity as Smith narrowly failed to divert an inswinging Fara Williams free kick past Angerer and the German goalkeeper saved low down.
 
Germany created their best chance moments before half time as Kerstin Stegemann was released on the right, her cross picked out Kerstin Garefrekes whose header was saved by Rachel Brown.
 
At the start of the second half, Germany tried to step up the pace but England again stood firm with their powerful back four keeping the German attack away from goal. Germany did win a free kick as Williams brought down Prinz - a challenge which earned her a booking - but a poor effort from Lingor was easily fielded by Brown.
 
An increasingly frustrated Prinz was forced to trying long range efforts but the German star almost broke into the area after exchanging passes with Sandra Smisek, however a fine challenge from White was just enough to put her off and Brown saved comfortably.
 
Chapman produced an excellent block to deny Garefrekes in the area and the winger was denied by a superb save from Brown after the ball had bounced off Stoney and into her path. Prinz tried to latch on to the rebound but she was crowded out by the England defence and the danger was averted.
 
The England back four of Phillip, White, Asante and Stoney had defended brilliantly throughout the match with Chapman - who had played 75 minutes on a yellow card - giving one of her best ever performances for England. After two good performances, England must now finish the job in Chengdzu on Monday.
 
England: Rachel Brown, Mary Phillip, Casey Stoney, Katie Chapman, Faye White, Anita Asante, Alex Scott, Fara Williams, Jill Scott, Kelly Smith, Karen Carney (sub Rachel Yankey 56mins).

Germany: Nadine Angerer, Kerstin Stegemann, Annike Krahn, Linda Bresonik, Melanie Behringer (sub Fatmire Bajramaj 62mins), Sandra Smisek, Birgit Prinz, Renate Lingor, Simone Laudehr, Ariane Hingst, Kerstin Garefrekes.

Photo - They shall not pass......Katie Chapman, Kelly Smith and Faye White combine to keep
Birgit Prinz at bay (www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

 
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