England defeated Germany for the first time in a competitive encounter after Fara Williams’ penalty in extra time eventually split the two sides.
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The two teams were evenly matched throughout the game, although England arguably had the better chances and should have had the lead in normal time with their opponents also wasting opportunities late on.
However, it didn’t ultimately matter as Williams stepped up and struck home the winning penalty to ensure that they finished with a third place playoff victory in a tournament that has seen them receive significant praise for their performances.
After the devastation of Laura Bassett’s own goal in the semi-final against Japan, the Lionesses bounced back and ended on a high to secure their best ever finish to a major tournament.