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England finally get the better of Germany at a World Cup... and a penalty decided it

The Lionesses made history last night, securing their best World Cup finish by beating the number one-ranked team.

England midfielder Fara Williams celebrates with team-mates.
England midfielder Fara Williams celebrates with team-mates.

ENGLAND FINISHED THEIR memorable Women’s World Cup campaign on a high note with a 1-0 extra-time victory over Germany in Saturday’s third-place play-off.

Both sides had suffered devastating semi-final defeats, England succumbing to Japan courtesy of Laura Bassett’s injury-time own-goal and Germany missing a penalty in their 2-0 loss to United States.

But it was Mark Sampson’s England who managed to bounce back, with Fara Williams’106th-minute penalty proving enough to secure a maiden victory over the world number one-ranked Germany and ensure their best-ever World Cup finish in the process.

Tabea Kemme was the villain for Germany, needlessly hauling Lianne Sanderson down in the box and Williams retained her composure to calmly send Nadine Angerer the wrong way from the spot.

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