England's World Cup campaign came to an end on Sunday as Germany took the bronze medal.
FIFA Women's U17 World Cup
Third/Fourth Place Play-Off
Sunday 16 November 2008
Auckland, New Zealand
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England's World Cup campaign came to an end on Sunday morning as Germany dominated to take the bronze medal in their third-place play-off encounter.
Both sides were disappointed to have missed out on the Final, but it was the Germany's 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 cope 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 all of four yards.
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.
But overall, a fourth-place finish in the World Cup was a brave and valiant effort from England, and one in which we can all be proud.
Following the match, it was time for the Final as North Korea, 2-1 victors over England in the Semi-Final, met USA. But they found themselves a goal down inside two minutes after Hong Myong Hui's own-goal.
Kim Un Hyang finally found the equaliser for the Koreans with 77 minutes played to take the match into extra-time. And with 113 minutes played, Jang Hyon Sun rifled a low right-foot shot beyond Taylor Vancil from the edge of the box to win The World Cup for North Korea.
Lauren Davey, Jodie Jacobs, Gemma Bonner, Rebecca Jane (Kirsty Linnett, 71), Jordan Nobbs (C), Danielle Carter, Lucy Staniforth, Lucy Bronze (Jemma Rose, 89), Stephanie Marsh (Sarah Wiltshire, 53), Lauren Bruton, Rachel Pitman
Subs Not Used Amy Carr, Juliana Draycott, Rachel Daly, Naomi Chadwick, Paige Eli
Coach Lois Fidler
Almuth Schult, Inka Wesely, Valeria Kleiner (C), Carolin Simon, Marie-Louise Bagehorn (Claudia Goette, 70), Turid Knaak, Lynn Mester, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Alexandra Popp, Hasret Kayikci (Tabea Kemme, 52), Leonie Maier (Angelina Luebcke, 89)
Subs Not Used Anna Sarholz, Lisa Schmitz, Julia Debitzki, Ivana Rudelic, Nicole Rolser, Isabelle Linden, Svenja Huth
Coach Ralf Peter
Referee Natalia Avdonchenko (Rus)
Assistant Referees Vivian Peeters (Ned) And Judit Romano (Esp)
Fourth Official Michelle Pye (Can)