Penalty kick gives Eng­land a first and a third at Cup


The Washington Post Sunday - - SOCCER - BY JOHN WAWROW

ed­mon­ton — Fara Wil­liams scored on a penalty kick in the 108th minute to help Eng­land beat Ger­many, 1-0, on Satur­day for third place in the Women’s World Cup.

It was Eng­land’s first win in 21 meet­ings against Ger­many and se­cured the team’s best fin­ish in its four World Cup ap­pear­ances. The vic­tory over the top-ranked Ger­mans came af­ter a gutwrench­ing 2-1 semi­fi­nal loss to Ja­pan that was de­cided on an own goal Wed­nes­day.

Wil­liams’s goal was set up by a pass into the penalty area in­tended for Lianne San­der­son. As San­der­son turned to go af­ter the ball, she was pulled down by Tabea Kemme.

On the penalty kick, Wil­liams punched the ball just in­side the left post, while goal­keeper Na­dine Angerer went the other way.

Eng­land fin­ished the tour­na­ment with a 4-1-1 record. Ger­many had sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to tie the game in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Anja Mit­tag, off a free kick just out­side the penalty area, found an open­ing and got a shot off that was scooped up by goal­keeper Karen Bard­s­ley. In the 116th minute, Bianca Sch­midt got be­hind Eng­land’s de­fense and headed a cross just wide of the right post.

The Ger­mans had the ma­jor­ity of the bet­ter scor­ing chances through the first 65 min­utes.

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