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Cup campaign ends in defeat
 Women's Football England International News - 10 Mar 2017
 
England 0 Germany 1
A first half strike from Anja Mittag saw England fall to a narrow defeat in the final game of the SheBelieves Cup.
 
The Lionesses, knowing a victory would give them a great chance of lifting the trophy following Saturday's defeat of hosts USA, made all the good early running.
 
But Mittag struck her 50th international goal on the stroke of half time and, try as they might, Mark Sampson's team could find no way through after the break, Jordan Nobbs going closest with an effort that crept inches wide.
 
Sampson vowed England would take the game to Germany from the off and, true to those words, the Lionesses started brightest, as Nobbs, Fara Williams and Jodie Taylor all tried their luck from the edge of the penalty area in the opening ten minutes.
 
At the other end, Mittag found space in the box to get on the end of Anna Blasse's low cross, but blazed a first time effort over the crossbar.
 
Midway through the first half Lucy Bronze stood tall to block a stinging effort from Dzsenifer, after the German captain embarked on a marauding run from deep inside her own half.
 
Ten minutes before the break Lina Magull came close to opening the scoring, her 30-yard pot shot cannoning back off the crossbar. But England responded quickly when Toni Duggan collected Nobbs' pass and spun away from defender Blasse to create space to shoot, but her low effort was comfortably collected by keeper Laura Benkarth.
 
Though the Lionesses had begun well, Germany were now in control and took the lead a minute before half time with their first goal of the tournament. After some slick build up play on the left flank, Mittag ran beyond the England backline, latched on to Dzsenifer's low pass 15 yards out, and slotted past Siobhan Chamberlain.
 
Determined to get back in the game, Nobbs lost marker Sara Dabritz on the right flank shortly after the break, but a fine effort with the outside of her right foot crept just wide of the far post.
 
Substitute Ellen White glanced a header just wide as the clock ticked down, having leapt highest in the box to meet Karen Carney's free kick.
 
Mittag had a golden opportunity to put the game beyond England with fifteen minutes to play but, standing unmarked inside the six yard box, headed high and wide.
 
Defender Demi Stokes showed fabulous technique with a volley on the edge of Germany's box, but Benkarth was well positioned to save.
 
The final chance fell to Jill Scott, who met White's pass but struck wide of the near post.
 
England:
 
Siobhan Chamberlain, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Fara Williams (sub Millie Bright 52mins), Steph Houghton, Laura Bassett, Jordan Nobbs, Jade Moore (sub Jill Scott 73mins), Jodie Taylor (sub Ellen White 63mins), Karen Carney, Toni Duggan. Subs not used: Karen Bardsley, Mary Earps, Isobel Christiansen, Rachel Daly, Gemma Bonner, Nikita Parris, Rachel Williams.
 
Germany:
 
Laura Benkarth (sub Lisa Weiss 47mins), Josephine Henning, Babett Peter, Anna Blasse (sub Kristin Demann 45mins), Isabel Kerschowski (sub Verena Faisst 60mins), Leonie Maier, Alexandra Popp, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Sara Dabritz (sub Pauline Bremer 90mins), Anja Mittag (sub Lena Petermann 84mins), Lina Magull (sub Sara Doorsoun 79mins). Subs not used: Almuth Schult, Mandy Islacker, Hasret Kayikci, Felicitas Rauch, Linda Dallman.
 
(TheFA.com)

 
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