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England's FIFA Under-17 World Cup campaign came to an end as Germany dominated to take the bronze medal in their third-place play-off encounter with a 3-0 victory in Auckland.
Both sides were disappointed to have missed out on the Final, but it was the Germans who made up for it in a fairly one-sided affair. Despite their best efforts, Lois Fidler's side rarely threatened the German goal.
The game started brightly with Inka Wesely ghosting in unmarked to head home a Dzsenifer Marozsan corner after just eleven minutes. Germany were firmly in control at this stage and would have doubled their lead six minutes from the break but for an excellent save from Lauren Davey to deny Marozsan at point blank range.
England's best effort came in the shape of a late, long range Jordan Nobbs effort that crashed back off the bar, but generally it was one-way traffic, with the European champions deservedly doubling their lead after 74 minutes. Again, England failed to contain Wesely at a corner, and the big defender was able to knock down for Turid Knaak to sweep the ball into the net from close range.
There was even time for Germany to increase their advantage in the dying minutes, Lynn Mester scoring at the second attempt following some terrific approach play from Carolin Simon.
England: Lauren Davey, Jodie Jacobs, Gemma Bonner, Rebecca Jane (sub Kirsty Linnett 71mins), Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Lucy Staniforth, Lucy Bronze (sub Jemma Rose 89mins), Stephanie Marsh (sub Sarah Wiltshire 53mins), Lauren Bruton, Rachel Pitman. Subs not used: Amy Carr, Juliana Draycott, Rachel Daly, Naomi Chadwick, Paige Eli.
Germany: Almuth Schult, Inka Wesely, Valeria Kleiner, Carolin Simon, Marie-Louise Bagehorn (sub Claudia Goette 70mins), Turid Knaak, Lynn Mester, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Alexandra Popp, Hasret Kayikci (sub Tabea Kemme 52mins), Leonie Maier (sub Angelina Luebcke 89mins). Subs not used: Anna Sarholz, Lisa Schmitz, Julia Debitzki, Ivana Rudelic, Nicole Rolser, Isabelle Linden, Svenja Huth.
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