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England given German lesson
 Women's Football News 24 Nov 2014
England 0 Germany 3 (Scott og 5, Sasic 11,45)
att: 45,619; at Wembley Stadium

Three first half goals saw Germany spoil England's party at Wembley Stadium as the former World Champions proved too strong for Mark Sampson's side. 
After weeks of intense publicity for the England women's team's first appearance since the stadium was rebuilt, they were outclassed by an impressive German side in the opening 45 minutes. England improved a lot in the second half but, despite their efforts, could not quite produce a goal for the record 45,619 crowd.
It was also a memorable occasion for Karen Carney, who was making her 100th appearance for her country. Before the game she was presented with a golden cap by FA Head of Women's Football Rachel Pavlou, assisted by Pte Charlene Rooney, a former captain of Larkhall Athletic.
It could have been a sensational start though as England won the ball straight from the kick off and Jordan Nobbs unleashed a shot from 30 yards which crashed against the bar with Almuth Schult beaten.
Germany counter attacked less than a minute later with Melanie Leupolz breaking down the right, the England defence backed off as she burst into the area and her shot brought out a fine save from Karen Bardsley.
There was no respite for England three minutes later though as Melanie Behringer floated a corner into the area and Simone Laudehr won a header which took a huge deflection of Alex Scott and went inside the far post for the opening goal.
Things got even worse as Fara Williams tried to intercept a through ball but only succeeded in diverting it past Steph Houghton and into the path of German captain Celia Sasic. Once again the England defence did not try and close her down and Sasic duly carried the ball into the area and slid a left foot shot past a hopelessly exposed Bardsley.
Alexandra Popp had a header saved by Bardsley following more good work by Sasic as Germany, looking in ominous form, dominated the midfield areas and possession.
England did have a shout for a goal as Nobbs met a Scott cross with a looping header which almost dipped over Almuth Schult but she was able to gather safely.
Germany were to get the ball in the net through from another set piece but this time an offside flag came to England's rescue, Leupolz heading in from Behringer's kick but she was a yard offside.
Sasic forced Bardsley to make another save after being picked out by a good ball from Lena Goessling but England responded well with Williams hitting a volley at full stretch but Schult dived and gathered well low down.
However on the stroke of half time, Germany underlined their superiority with a superb third goal. After exchanging several passes inside the England half, Laudehr slid a pass out to the right which was dummied by Leupolz and Kemme sent in a delightful cross for Sasic to give Bardsley no chance with a downward header.
Germany made three substitutions at the break and the tempo of the game slowed as a result, seeing fewer opportunities at either end.
Sasic was close to a hat-trick when her header was saved by Bardsley as she met an Anja Mittag cross at the far post but the heavy pitch was now starting to take its toll on the two sides and the Germans looked happy to sit on their three-goal lead.
Fran Kirby almost worked an opening on the edge of the area but lost her footing and the Germans were able to clear, then Jodie Taylor raced onto a long clearance for her first touch of the ball after coming on but dragged her shot wide of the far post.
As the game went into injury time, England had their best chance of the game after a good run down the right by Bronze ended with her cutting the ball inside for Jill Scott who skipped past a defender but lashed her shot into the side netting with only Schult to beat.
It was not the result England would have wanted on a special occasion but they will have learned several valuable lessons if they are to close the gap on the teams at the highest level. 
England: Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott (sub Jo Potter 83mins), Demi Stokes (sub Alex Greenwood 83mins), Fara Williams (sub Jill Scott 70mins), Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze (sub Laura Bassett 90mins), Jordan Nobbs, Karen Carney, Lianne Sanderson (sub Jodie Taylor 80mins), Toni Duggan, Eniola Aluko (sub Francesca Kirby 61mins). Subs not used: Siobhan Chamberlain, Claire Rafferty, Jade Moore, Carly Telford, Jess Clarke.

Germany: Almuth Schult, Tabea Kemme (sub Luisa Wensing 45mins), Josephine Henning, Jennifer Cramer (sub Babett Peter 87mins), Annike Krahn, Simone Laudehr (sub Pauline Bremer 75mins), Melanie Behringer (sub Dzsenifer Marozsan 45mins), Lena Goessling, Alexandra Popp, Celia Sasic (sub Verena Faisst 87mins), Melanie Leupolz (sub Anja Mittag 45mins). Subs not used: Laura Benkarth, Lisa Weiss, Meike Kamper, Bianca Schmidt, Kathrin Hendrich, Lena Petermann, Sara Dabritz.

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