Germany have beaten England 2-1 in front of a record-breaking crowd, thanks to a 90th minute Klara Bühl winner.
19-year-old Freiburg player, Klara Bühl was one of Germany’s better players as they beat England in front of a record attendance of 77,768 for the Lionesses.Embed from Getty Images
As the game started, England looked second best. Germany were comfortable in defence and looked dangerous going forward.
Phil Neville’s England side have struggled defensively in recent memory and those same issues were on show at Wembley.
It did not take too long before Germany had the lead. Alexandra Popp scored a powerful header that Mary Earps should maybe have saved.
England grew into the game after the goal. They started to look more and more likely going forward.
England were awarded a penalty midway through the first half. Beth Mead took an awesome touch to take the ball around the German goalkeeper, who tripped her. The referee pointed to the spot.
Up stepped Nikita Parris to take another penalty for England. It was a poor one.
Her shot went straight down the middle and it was easy work for Merle Frohms.
Parris has now missed three of her last four penalties for England.Embed from Getty Images
Ellen White returned to the squad and looked to slot straight back into the position she made her own at the World Cup.
It was White that eventually equalised for the Lionesses. Despite looking offside, she got on the end of a fantastic Keira Walsh pass to slip the ball round German goalkeeper Merle Frohms.
White’s goal was the perfect fuel for Phil Neville’s half-time team-talk. The Manchester City forward scored with just a minute to go in the first period.
England should have come out firing in the second half but they came out in a subdued manner and didn’t really get going until it was too late to really put a dent into Germany’s rigid defending.
17-year-old Lena Oberdorf had a wonderful game at centre-half for Germany. She did a fantastic job at dealing with anything that the Lionesses had to offer.
No German player played better than Dzenifer Marozsan. The Lyon midfielder put in a world-class performance against England and showed everyone why she is rightfully considered one of the best in the world.
England looked set to secure a draw against the Germans but once again the defence issues that have plagued them recently came back into focus.
Bühl had been threatening for a good few minutes in the lead up to her goal. She was pressing with some decent efforts and she finally managed to calmly finish one straight past Earps.Embed from Getty Images
Ultimately, it turned into a very well deserved win for Germany. At no point did it seem like England were the much better team.
England have now won just one of their last seven matches. The Lionesses play their final game of the year against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.