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England Women lose 3-0 to Germany in historic Wembley friendly

England Women’s historic friendly against Germany ended in disappointing defeat as the European champions claimed a 3-0 victory.

The first women’s international played at the new Wembley Stadium - which saw Karen Carney earn her 100th cap - took place in front of a crowd of more than 45,000, beating the previous record for a home women’s international by over 15,000.

And the crowd didn’t have to wait long for the excitement to begin. Within 10 seconds of the kick-off England dispossessed Germany, allowing Jordan Nobbs to unleash a 25-yard shot which rattled off the crossbar.

But a quick break from the Germans less than a minute later needed a brilliant point-blank save from Karen Bardsley to deny Melanie Leupolz’s shot.

And in the sixth minute the Germans opened the scoring when Melanie Behringer’s cross was headed into her own net by Alex Scott who was under pressure from Simone Laudehr.

Things went from bad to worse for a shell-shocked England side six minutes later when a mix up between Fara Williams and Steph Houghton led to Germany making it 2-0. The ball broke to skipper Celia Sasic who strode away from Scott and ran clear at goal before dinking the ball over the on-rushing Bardsley.

Just after the midway point in the half a long-range looping header from Nobbs saw German keeper Aimuth Schult scramble back to catch a ball which was inches away from crossing the line.

Fellow midfielder Williams was the next to test Schult with an instinctive shot from the edge of the area which the keeper saved low to her left five minutes before the interval.

But on the stroke of half-time the Germans made it three when Tabea Kemme eluded Lucy Bronze and Demi Stokes to cross from the right for Sasic to nod home her second of the game.

The second half began with less intensity than the first, aside from a crunching challenge on Carney from Anja Mittag which earned the midfielder a caution.

Sasic went close to sealing her hat-trick with a far-post header which was saved by Bardsley, before the skipper’s attempted pass to Mittag was scrambled clear by the England defence.

Substitutes Fran Kirby, Jill Scott and Jodie Taylor injected some much-needed energy into England’s play but they struggled to carve out any clear openings until Taylor fired wide of Schult’s goal eight minutes from time.

Sub Scott had a glorious opportunity when she skipped away from Annike Krahn in the 90th minute but her shot from a tight angle could only find the side netting as England slipped to only their second defeat under manager Mark Sampson. 

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