Pictures from England Women’s historic first international at Wembley

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: A general view of Wembley Stadium.
Mark Leech: A general view of Wembley Stadium.

Mark Leech was at the national stadium to shoot, along with a record crowd of 45,619 for a women’s international.

Mark Leech: German captain Celia Sasic causes panic in the England defence.
Mark Leech: German captain Celia Sasic causes panic in the England defence.
Mark Leech: Alex Scott of England in action.
Mark Leech: Alex Scott of England in action.

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.

Mark Leech: Celia Sasic leaps over the challenge from floored England player Karen Carney.
Mark Leech: Celia Sasic leaps over the challenge from floored England player Karen Carney.
Mark Leech: German captain Celia Sasic steps past the floored Karen Carney of England.
Mark Leech: German captain Celia Sasic steps past the floored Karen Carney of England.

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.

Mark Leech: The England players have a group meeting after conceding the second goal.
Mark Leech: The England players have a group meeting after conceding the second goal.
Mark Leech: Toni Duggan of England winces as she gets hurt in a challenge with Luisa Wensing.
Mark Leech: Toni Duggan of England winces as she gets hurt in a challenge with Luisa Wensing.
Mark Leech: England's Toni Duggan winces as she gets hurt in a challenge with Luisa Wensing.
Mark Leech: England’s Toni Duggan winces as she gets hurt in a challenge with Luisa Wensing.

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.

Mark Leech: England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley catches the ball under pressure from Alexandra Popp.
Mark Leech: England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley catches the ball under pressure from Alexandra Popp.

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.

Mark Leech: A wider shot of the match in action.
Mark Leech: A wider shot of the match in action.

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Author: gregianjohnson

Football writer for The Blizzard, FourFourTwo, The Mirror, Squawka and VICE amongst others. Follow me on Twitter at @gregianjohnson.

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