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England CP secured a best-ever Euro placing and a World Cup spot after Germany win

Monday 06 Aug 2018
The England CP squad celebrate their best-ever performance at the European Championship after their 2-0 win over Germany

England's Cerebral Palsy squad completed their IFCPF European Championship campaign with a dominant 2-0 victory over Germany on Sunday.

In what was the first time the two nations have met in CP competition, it also meant England secured a best-ever Euro finish of fifth place.

England 2-0 Germany
  • IFCPFC European Championship
  • Fifth-sixth play-off match
  • Sunday 5 August 2018
  • Zeist, Netherlands

England had to work hard to find a breakthrough though, with Germany’s resolute defending keeping the scores level until half time.

The Germans’ game plan of preventing the Three Lions from playing the free-flowing football which has been a theme in his tournament, continued after the break.

But with the half-time words of head coach Andy Smith still ringing in their ears, England started the second half fast and Harry Baker finished a move from close range to score his seventh goal of the campaign and tie for the Golden Boot competition.

Germany were leading a charmed life, with England hitting the woodwork three times and when Jordan Twiss delivered a delightful cross into the box, Dale Smith’s thundering header sealed the game.

The result equals England's best-ever finish in a European Championship and with a more favourable draw - Russia and Ukraine were in the group and both made the final where Russia won 3-2 - England would have certainly played for a medal.

Following this performance, England also qualify for the next World Cup in Spain.

By FA Staff