Despite crashing to host nation Germany 6-0 in their final group game at the UEF
England 0-6 Germany
UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
Tuesday 29th July 2003
17.00pm (18.00 local time)
Despite crashing to host nation Germany 6-0 in their final group game at the UEFA U19 European Championship Finals on Tuesday evening, England won Group A to advance to a semi-final tie against France
Coach Mo Marley had used the final Group A game against Germany as an opportunity to play her fringe players, making six changes from the side that had beaten Italy 3-1 on Sunday.
There was nothing depending on the game for England, who had already topped Group A after winning their opening two ties and were the first side through to the semi-finals. Germany, who were the defending champions, had surprisingly been knocked out of the tournament after losing their opening two matches and wanted to win back some pride in front of their home fans.
England were put on the back foot from the start against the Germans and were 4-0 down at half-time, after a brace from Shelly Thompson and one apiece from Laura Goessling and Simon Laudehr. Captain Fara Williams was replaced by her usual central midfield team-mate Kelly McDougall at half-time as a precaution after she had received a booking, while regular winger Jo Potter also entered the field.
In the second half, England saw a goal from Tranmere Rovers' 16-year-old forward Michelle Evans disallowed for offside. Germany rounded off their strong performance with Player of the Match Shelley Thompson completing her hat-trick on 80 minutes and adding a fourth a minute from time.
England will now face France in the second semi-final, to be played in Markranstadt, Germany, at 5.00pm BST on Friday 1st August. In the gggearlier semi-final, Norway - the winners of Group B - will play Sweden, who finished runners-up to England.
England: Carly Telford, Faye Cardin, Shelly Cox (sub 46 mins Jo Potter), Beth Bailey, Anita Asante, Sheuneen Ta, Georgie Adams, Emma Thomas, Fara Williams (c) (sub 46 mins Kelly McDougall) Katy Ward, Michelle Evans. Subs: Karen Bardsley, Jo Traynor, Hayley Kemp, Alex Scott, Eniola Aluko.
Booked: Fara Williams
Germany: Tessa Rinkes, Aserdita Kameraj, Annike Krahn, Christina Kruger (c), Karolin Thomas, Shelley Thompson, Anne van Vonn, Nina Jokuschies, Lena Goessling, Simone Laudehr, Katharina Griessener.
Goals: Thompson 12, 40, 80, 90, Goessling 23, Laudehr 41
Group A results
Germany 6-0 England
Italy 3-3 Sweden (Sweden win 4-1 on pens)
Group B results
France 2-1 Netherlands
Spain 1-2 Norway
England Women's Results