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Friendly ends in stalemate
 Women's Football News 27 Nov 2015
 
Germany 0 England 0
att: 6,705; at MSV Duisburg FC

England earned a notable 0-0 draw with eight-time European champions Germany in their friendly international in Duisburg. 
 
It was only their third draw against their much-lauded opponents in 22 matches - the last two coming in 2007.
 
Silvia Neid's side might have shaded possession and had a few more shots at goal, but the Lionesses competed well and were by no means outplayed by a team ranked second in the world - and it will provide England with a timely boost ahead of Sunday's Euro 2017 qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Bristol.
 
There were five changes from the match against Australia last time out. Fara Williams and Jordan Nobbs made their first appearances since the World Cup and there were also starting berths for Alex Greenwood, Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor.
 
The game took a while to settle and this, in part, was down to England's high pressing game. Germany had two openings in the early stages, but Simone Laudehr was flagged for offside and then Greenwood hooked clear before Lina Magull could reach a low cross.
 
Babett Peter headed Lena Goe‚ling's inswinging free-kick just over the top of Karen Bardsley's goal and then Anja Mittag tried her luck from range but hooked her shot wide of the post.
 
The visitors grew into the game and enjoyed more possession than they did early on, but were initially unable to test Germany's debutant goalkeeper Laura Benkarth.
 
Their first shot came in from range from Nobbs, but it was straight at Benkarth. That was moments after Bardsley excelled herself to deny Felicitas Rauch at her near post, when the left-back was clean through.
 
England's best chance of the match fell to Demi Stokes, who impressed against Australia last month. Steph Houghton's clearance inadvertently played Taylor in behind the Germany backline. Taylor squared for Nobbs, who moved the ball on to Stokes, but her low, angled shot was very well saved by Benkarth.
 
The final chance of the first half fell to Leonie Maier as her powerful drive was tipped over the top by Bardsley.
 
Things were a bit disjointed after the break. Neid made four substitutions at half-time and England continued to disrupt their hosts' rhythm with their frantic pressing.
 
Indeed, the first two chances of the second half didn't come until 65th minute as Peter prodded a half volley wide and then substitute Melanie Leupolz hit the ball straight at Bardsley.
 
Germany's best chance of the match came with just under 15 minutes remaining. Substitute Dzsenifer Marozsan, on for Mittag, peeled away inside the box to meet Goe‚ling's corner. Much to England's relief, she could only head into Bardsley's arms from just six yards out.
 
Toni Duggan came off the bench for her first appearance since the summer, and her pressure on Benkarth led to a mistake by the rookie keeper - but Scott was unable to punish her further, miscueing an attempt at a long range chip.
 
The Manchester City midfielder had one more attempt in the final minute, lifting Duggan's lay off just over the bar.
 
England will now return home for the second match in their Euro 2017 qualifying group against Bosnia & Herzegovina at Ashton Gate. 
 
Germany: Laura Benkarth, Leonie Maier, Annike Krahn, Simone Laudehr (sub Tabea Kemme 45mins), Melanie Behringer (sub Lena Leupolz 45mins), Felicitas Rauch, Anja Mittag (sub Dzsenifer Marozsan 67mins), Babett Peter, Anna Blasse (sub Sara Dabritz 45mins), Lina Magull (sub Mandy Islacker 45mins), Lena Goe‚ling. Subs not used: 21 Lisa Wei‚, 2 Jennifer Cramer, 17 Kristin Demann, 24 Sara Doorsoun.

England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Fara Williams (sub Isobel Christiansen 68mins), Steph Houghton, Gilly Flaherty, Fran Kirby (sub Jess Clarke 75mins), Jordan Nobbs, Jodie Taylor (sub Toni Duggan 75mins), Jill Scott, Demi Stokes. Subs not used: Amy Turner, Carly Telford, Casey Stoney, Jemma Rose, Laura Bassett, Gemma Davison, Rachael Laws, Eniola Aluko, Ellen White.

(Report by www.TheFA.com)

 
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