Though the international break may have been over and done with in the mens’ game over the weekend, the womens’ game passed a milestone on Sunday at Wembley, where England played their first match at the nation’s home of football against Germany.
Mark Leech was at the national stadium to shoot, along with a record crowd of 45,619 for a women’s international.
The hosts got off to a bright start, with Jordan Nobbs hitting the bar in the eighth second as England looked to push on immediately to snatch an early lead.
However, that impulse to rush forward soon cost them. A composed and clinical German attack picked apart an attacking England line-up that left plenty of space for the visitors to exploit.
Pressure from Simone Laudehr led to Alex Scott putting the ball into her own net after six minutes, while Celia Sasic soon doubled the score with a driving solo run and shot after a defensive mix-up on the halfway line.
England hadn’t beaten Germany in 20 attempts before the match, and even with the game taking place at Wembley the home side weren’t able to turn that record around.
Sasic grabbed her second just before half-time to put the game to bed. The Frankfurt striker headed home from a Tabea Kemme cross to make it 3-0.
The hosts improved in the second half but were unable to dent their opponents’ lead, with Germany appearing happy to see the match out rather than push up through the gears to inflict more damage.
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