Tina Daheley presents live second half coverage as England take on Germany in the SheBelieves tournament. England are looking to repeat their memorable victory from last summer.
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Hello and welcome. It is been an eventful first half. Here is the
best of the action. The shot from Alex Greenwood, who
was arriving. This was good pressure from Katie Chapman initially. Demi
Stokes could have had a touch. In comes the free kick from Alex
Greenwood. Battling for it. It is a great header and England lead!
Lovely ball into the edge of the penalty area, to Toni Duggan. What a
start by England! A lovely ball in and what a deft header. I thought
the initial free kick was not great, it didn't beat the first player.
This was whipped in with Pierce and Toni Duggan only needed to direct
the header into the bottom corner. Karen Bardsley got her body behind
it. Good technique by the goalkeeper. Very much the number one
England goalkeeper now. Chance here for Germany. Lifted
over! It was a William intervention. They threw everything to try and
block that. England showing no fear against Germany.
Exactly the tactic they needed to come out with, pressing all over the
pitch. Germany conceding so early on. That is not what we expect from
Germany, is it? Withington's tactics, what they are about, then
there is no reason why England can't score.
Jill Scott does really well there to lay the ball back. Great ball inside
Alex Greenwood, just helped on by Toni Duggan. I think they caught
Germany on the back foot. They haven't let their sharpest. Taking
nothing away from Toni Duggan, there. It is a fantastic header.
Let's talk about England's tactics. He saw a repeat of those pressing
six that they did against the USA. Yes, you can see that they want to
Hunter Namhpakka. Alex Greenwood would be disappointed not to hit the
target there. One player goes in from England, another layer goes in.
They are all following the each other as a team. It is really good
stuff by England and it is frustrating Germany. It is similar
to the planned that the used against the USA. The GSA could not manage to
turn with the ball. Jill Scott has been the best player on the park so
far. Not only set the tone with pressing on the pitch, when she has
had the ball she has held it up extremely well, allowing other
players to move and she can play them in. She is gaining yardage at
the top end of the pitch, but also putting in tackles. She has
boundless energy. There could not be a better example on the pitch for
England. Germany did have their chances. Alexandra Popp had the
chance. The chances that we will see were limited. Germany had a couple
from the outside of the box. This one, Karen Bardsley is one of the
best goalkeepers in the world and she would stop that every day of the
year. England need to make sure that they don't get overrun down the
left-hand side. Actually to many crosses have been put in. Yes, we
have limited them to very few speculative efforts on goal, but
Germany have the quality to strike from distance and cause Karen
Bardsley to be scrambling. They haven't done that yet, but it only
takes a tired England team to give them a little bit more room. We need
to be careful down the left-hand side. Demi Stokes does so much work
to try to help Toni Duggan, and 20th Micro, when Germany brick down that
side Alex Greenwood is getting a bit exposed. Karen Bardsley is
committed, but she needs to come out and really attack, punch the ball.
Toni Duggan putting her body on the line.
-- Steph Houghton. The USA wanted to make it two from two in their game
against France. France had a couple of changes.
An opportunity for France. Just could not put her foot on it. It
goes wide. She scored in hometown last year against France. She comes
up short there. Whipped all the way in. She is very dangerous from
distance but the goalkeeper was up to the task.
Whipped dinner again. What a save! Total chaos.
Morgan, around the keeper, and put it in the side netting. What a great
ball this is the Alex Morgan, with just a little bit too heavy a touch.
It hits the crossbar! I cannot remember the last time I saw hope so
low this busy in the first 30 minutes of the match. -- Hope Solo.
Morgan is playing a bit more wide now. Again, the cross comes in.
Wide! The best opportunity of the second half by far. She is wanting
the corner. Goal! In stoppage time, she puts the
USA airhead, Morgan. That is a deserved one for the United States.
Sloppy by France. Pugh picks it up. Morgan took it to her favourite left
side. Alex Morgan, finally healthy, puts the US ahead. Last-gasp for
France. So, a great win for the USA, but it
does mean that England will have to win if they are to stand a chance of
winning the competition. Yes, simple as that, really. If England keep
this plan moving forward in the second half they can still do that.
Did the Germans have grounds for a penalty? Being English, of course
not! You can see the replay. As sloppy pass out. Alex Greenwood
really gets her body between the ball on the player. I don't see too
much wrong with that. I think that England could have had a free kick
before it. As it bounces off Steph Houghton, I think it hit the German
on the hand. She knows exactly what she is doing there. Can we expect to
see the same plan in the second half? We will definitely see some
fresh legs. The tax Becks will stay the same as it has been working. The
energy factor may bring about some changes. It would be great to see
Eniola Aluko come on, get 100th cap. So, at half-time 1-0 to England.
Sounds good, doesn't it? You can see the change their that Germany have
made. Sara Dabritz is very important in
the German left, she was in the World Cup. She had a good game
against France in the opener. She was just taken off a couple of
minutes before full-time. A couple of six rules there that they are
going to be stronger in the second half, although Sara Dabritz will not
start on the left-hand side, I think she will start in the middle of
midfield. She is on for Melanie Behringer. They need to make
changes. Lena Goessling has so much quality on the ball. Germany were
dominated by England in there. They needed that experience, that bit of
quality. I think at some stage they will bring on Anja Mittag. Sara
Dabritz, Anna suspicion of a handball there. The goalkeeper was
well positioned there. She has had a very good game, Karen Bardsley.
Looks very secure. Germany are starting strong, aren't they? First
minute and they already have a shot on target. It won't trouble Karen
Bardsley the way she has been playing.
Again, England showing a bit of composure here, slowing things down
after what was a bright start to the second half for Germany.
Sara Dabritz moves the ball quickly, she has Pierce, the Bayern Munich
layer. Melanie Behringer has gone off, as
has Dzsenifer Marozsan. Jordan Nobbs was very well
positioned there. The out ball nearly all the time is Jill Scott.
England will be pleased to see the back of Dzsenifer Marozsan.
Definitely. She has struggled with injury. She was just getting back to
form. That is such a disappointment for Germany, but good for England
because she is a quality player who can make things happen.
The Euros kick his next year in Holland. -- take place next year in
Holland. Germany really ringing the changes
from the opening game, if you have just joined us. Only four players
who started against France have started tonight. Toni Duggan is
normally alone up front, but Jill Scott has been up there with her
quite a lot. She wins that free kick. She has nagged away at the
German defenders. This free kick given away by Josephine Henning, the
new Arsenal player. They will do battle again when top-flight
football returns at the end of this month.
England have been dangerous with set pieces throughout.
The pattern of the game is very much like it was in the first. England's
passing has been much better than Germany's. It has, and didn't get
the save that very often. They are normally precise. Germany are
renowned for attacking Pierce, but they are they just passed the ball
out of play. That has to be about the way that England have harassed
Germany and stop them playing. We have not mentioned in terms of her
possession on the ball Jordan Nobbs agreed deal, but the work she has
done in midfield in closing, attacking in pairs. The girls in the
studio were talking about it at half-time, one length and player
goes to close, there is another one backing up. Her partnership with
Katie Chapman in the centre of the English midfield has been very
strong. Katie Chapman pressurising again there, just would not break
for Toni Duggan. When you hunt in packs like that it is so difficult
as an attacking player. Often it is not the first layer goes to tackle,
it is the second or third who wins the ball. The captain has played
well, an important block in the first half. Another change for
Germany. Josephine Henning will go off, replaced by Babett Peter.
Another very experienced German international. 94 appearances. One
appearance this season. She played against England last season. Made
her debut back in 2006. A World Cup winner, though she did not make an
appearance in those finals, she was on the bench.
Wolfsburg are 12 points behind Bayern Munich in the table.
I know that Josephine Henning has been struggling with a back injury,
so maybe they are looking after her a little bit. She is now with
Arsenal. Sara Dabritz gets the return. This
is where she featured most in the World Cup, down the left-hand side.
You can hear Mark Sampson shouting good ideas, good ideas! He is very
vocal as a coach. That is as sloppy ball by Jordan
Nobbs. Very approachable the England coach, and the players, as well. As
we said last summer many times, it is not as pressurised as the England
men's situation, the Premier League men's the, but in a way it is a
throwback to the old days. We were staying in the Bobby Robson England
team hotel and that World Cup, I remember that, and it is a lovely
throwback to that time you can get most of the manager and the players,
just talk to them. Alexandra Popp is the equivalent of
Jill Scott. She is the out ball and she is 20 yards inside her own half,
all credit to England for keeping her back. Alexandra Popp was getting
frustrated so she is coming deeper and deeper to get the ball. That is
what England want. You don't want playing on your back shoulder.
Confirmation of the England line-up for you.
Lena Goessling was a powerhouse for Germany in the finals last summer.
They were expected to win the competition.
They were getting stronger as the tournament went on, they beat France
on penalties. It was the USA. Them in the final in Montreal. Of course,
they were at the superpower in the end. It is going to be a goal kick.
England have a problem here. Jill Scott, a knock to her left knee.
Just turned 29, the Manchester City player. She has been in three World
Cup finals. Scored in the 2007 and 2011 versions.
Germany are in the middle of their domestic season, England in
preseason, largely. They have not shown any kinds of not being match
fit. They have looked sharp. Their fitness is there, so it may start to
tell getting on for 70 minutes, and that is when Mark Sampson will look
to make changes. The referee is stopping it because
Toni Duggan was signed. And there is concern that she has picked up a
head injury. That is why the referee stopped the game. It is to her hip,
maybe a dead leg? I think this is where Toni Duggan
gets hurt. It is a need right in the hip -- knee. Toni Duggan is a very
effervescent character. You can certainly hear her from one
side of 11 point two part to a large to another. -- and airport departure
lounge in an airport to the other. She is a hard worker, does what she
can put a team and scored a crucial goal today. She started off at
Everton, moved across the Manchester City a couple of seasons ago now,
along with many others, including the captain, he is just urging her
team on there. England leave Germany.
It is not something we have had the chance to say that many times over
the years. Germany have free kick. We met before in the United States
wants, it was in 1990, Germany won that game 3-1. The game in England
now is unrecognisable to that day 26 years ago.
There is no rhythm about the German game, no accuracy in their passing,
and it is all to do with the way that England is pressing.
The 23rd game between the two countries, England with just one win
last summer, three draws, if team defeats. -- 18 defeats.
I don't think anybody in the England team with be as presumptuous as to
say this is the start of the sea change in European football power,
but you have said it any times before, and Rachel has said it is
well, that England used to go into games like this terrified.
Definitely. That is something that Mark Sampson has instilled in his
players, that belief, not to fear the opposition. We would go out
believing that we could beat them but you would go a goal down and you
would just think, here we go again. They are not like that now.
The free kick goes against Katie Chapman for her challenge on Sara
Dabritz. England were beaten in the 2009 European finals in Helsinki
6-2. 95 World Cup quarterfinals Germany managed to win a 3-0. Euro
95 Germany won both legs of the semifinal. 4-1 at Vicarage Road. The
list went on. Still a long way to go in this match.
Davis hit fit. Not a bad effort. Whipped in. Always look to me as if
it was going wide. Looking for her fifth goal for her country. I nearly
jumped a mile the! Came from left field. And it has gone underneath
it. Horton went to ground with Islacker. -- Steph Houghton. Got
themselves into a little bit of a pickle there.
The only team that is capable of beating England is England. You are
right. They are disciplined, organised. When they keep the ball
and pass and move, they look good going forward, but it is just a
mistake and Germany will pounce on it. They are a top-class team, they
haven't shown it as yet, but give them one opportunity and there will
be carrying the cup. Leonie Maier can really get forward with pace and
aggression. She had a very good World Cup. She campaigned on the
left-hand side and has done many times. She was the under 17 champion
in 2009 and the under 19 winner two years later. But England have had a
very decent left-back to night. She tackles aggressively, Alex
Greenwood. Here is Demi Stokes. She has had a quieter second half. Comes
out to Jordan Nobbs. Into Jill Scott. Trying to release to Jordan
Nobbs. She has given it away. Straight at
the keeper. Good pressure again from Chapman. She was pressing from
behind. Duggan found the ball. She has had a fantastic game, Jill
Scott, so why not go from there. Steph Houghton doing the pressure
there and it paid off. If you have joined us, it is a milestone game
for her. 150 to night. England have been pressurising or night in ones
and twos, making Germany make mistakes. Good to see that goodwill
message from Rio Ferdinand tweeted out. He has been a big supporter of
the Lionesses. It helps having well-known footballers on social
media wishing the girls good luck. It is fantastic for Fara Williams,
to receive 150 caps. She has been an excellent player over the years. She
has still got many more years as far as I am concerned, as long as she
keeps herself fit and healthy come to go on and get more caps. That is
a yellow for Sara Dabritz. She has added some pace to the German side
though. 67 minutes gone. England lead with a
goal from Toni Duggan after eight minutes. Fara Williams making that
run. A little towards the far post. Steph Houghton was up. A score of
eight goals for her country from central defence or fallback.
Start of the game, hugging the touchline. It is a good sign for
England. Alex Scott, Williams. Jill Scott. Germany are stretched. She
can get to the far post. England are in with a chance and it is Scott!
Lovely move. Fantastic ball from Demi Stokes. I was thinking, get the
ball in. It was fallback Alex Scott, who is not well known for her
heading ability, but this is good play. Again, Jill Scott has been
involved in everything good that England has done. She looked up and
that is where she had to put it. It shows England's that he when they go
forward like that at pace. Toni Duggan has put in a good shift.
Stokes Bay to clear it away. Jill Scott will have to hold it up now.
Was it a positive move or a conservative one ringing on Karen
Carney. Maybe they will change formation. Karen Carney and Demi
Stokes on either side playing off of Jill Scott.
Hendrich has played well throughout. I'm not sure what the substitution
has really done. Maybe it has made it more of a 4-4. There is Carney,
followed by Stokes. Jilly Flaherty dared to clear. Stokes now pushed
back into the left-back role. Dabritz hesitated on it. Chapman is
in there for England. Jordan Nobbs gets across as well. A direct run by
knobs and the referee is going to bring out another yellow card. -- by
Jordan Nobbs. Strong player to get across and cover the ground with
confidence and a driving run stop she draws the yellow card. Look at
this. It is definitely a yellow card as well. You don't see many people
get by Leonie Maier. For Williams -- Fara Williams I can assure you was
not pushing for the foul. This is another graphic coming the United
States of America. There comes another free kick. Ushered away by a
Islacker. Does not look to me like a natural international class
Islacker. I think they have wanted her to make runs and it has not
happened. I think it is because England have played in such a
disciplined way. One we saw that game at Wembley, when they went
behind, they lacked any belief or discipline. This is a significant
step forward. It's a completely different team and I think the fact
that Mark Sampson spoke about game management, unable beaten 3-0 at
Wembley, they seem to have learned every single game. Management so far
has been very good. Tenacious defending. She has just missed time
that one. Look at her frustration. Just want to see her perhaps arrive
on shop to score a goal. -- on shot. She scored a couple for Arsenal as
well last season. 16 minutes to go. Pounced on and in by Mandy Islacker.
I don't count it will -- I don't think it will pounce. But the first
time the England defence switched off. A lapse in concentration. We
spoke about how clinical the Germans can be. Demi Stokes, I think... It
is offside against Alexandra Popp. Yes, initially offside. She did not
look along the line. It looks as if they are going to send on Anja
Mittag. But England from being in a position of confidence, sound base
of the game, now beginning to wobble a little bit. The next five minutes
are crucial. The Brits. Deflected and in! They do get the equaliser.
She has been probably their best player, the half-time substitutes,
and Karen Bardsley eaten by a big deflection and Germany are back
level. Over the balance of the 75 minutes, that is against the run of
play. That is cruel. They merely scored with the offside, but like
you say, she was just crossing the ball in and Gilly Flaherty tried to
block the cross and completely deflected it past Karen Bardsley.
She couldn't quite get her feet sorted to make that save. That is
cruel. Unfortunately for Gilly Flaherty, that has to go down as an
own goal. It was not on target. It is deflected in for an own goal for
me. Karen Bardsley set herself up for the cross. The wicked
deflection. Completely wrong-footed her. Good header on into the penalty
area. The macro I think this is probably where Mark Sampson needs to
make some changes. The high-pressure they put on Germany, it is hard to
do that for 90 minutes, especially at this point in the season. The
entire challenge had that movement built up from Demi Stokes. She has
put in so much work. They have got players they can bring on. Another
German change. Lina Magull is replacing Islacker, who thought she
had scored, but it was ruled offside.
Mittag has at she come on for Kerschowski. -- has actually come on
for Kerschowski. There is confirmation of that. There is the
Brits. A good stop by Karen Bardsley.
this is where England need their leaders. Get on the ball and keep
it. On comes the most experienced of them all. Gilly Flaherty is going
away. Casey Stoney MBE. Hodge and 20 points in the National 's before
tonight. Played against Germany last,. One start this year against
Bosnia. Talking about needing leaders on the pitch, there is one
for you, Casey Stoney. 1-1 with 11 minutes to go. Is that a
penalty? It is. Fara Williams to score the penalty that gave England
the women against Germany last summer has conceded one here.
Alexandra Popp looks hurt. It has all gone wrong for England in the
last five minutes. It was initially a block from Stefan -- Steph
Houghton. It was a good block initially. For Williams did well. It
is not a penalty. Alexandra pop -- Popp kicked Fara Williams. Germany
have smelt blood and gone for it. You wonder if it is a bit of fatigue
with the England girls. As we said before, they are in preseason
really. Nine minutes to go. This could be cruel on England. An
equaliser from the penalty spot and Germany take the lead. At the
penalty. Karen Bardsley De Kuip the right way, but because it was right
in the corner, she did not have a chance. When it is in the corner
like that, goalkeepers have no chance. It is disappointing for me
because it was not a penalty. Fara Williams with an excellent tackle.
Alexandra Popp kicked her leg. But as you said, England are beginning
to wobble and they need to get hold of this game after performing so
well. Germany leading 2-1. She will be distraught with the penalty
decision, Fara Williams. They have made a number of
substitutions to freshen things up. Have England made enough?
Jordan Nobbs coming off. Jenna Davidson going on. -- Gemma Davison
going on. A Chelsea player. The good attacking player. Very much so.
Probably the best in the women's super league. One on one as a
defender, nine times out of ten she will beat that player and get the
goal in. Here is Scott. Leonie Maier down the line. Popp. A good run
forward. Started the game well and then faded. Largely because Alex
Greenwood played her so well. Interestingly she has come back
strongly into the game once Greenwood was taken off.
Davis and down the line wanted it. -- Davison. Sara Dabritz makes a run
forward. There is Jill Scott. Fara Williams.
Lina Magull trying to get it forward. Babett Peter.
Babette Peter sent forwards. Fran Kirby has come on for England.
Magull back to Hendrich. Popp came from an offside position. England
had such a determined side. They will take defeat very harshly. They
were in control of until 75 minutes, up until the deflection of the
centre-back Gilly Flaherty. Kirby has come on for Toni Duggan.
22-year-old Chelsea striker who was an instant success at the World Cup
finals when she scored against Mexico last summer. A lot of
pressure on her from that moment on. Stokes trying to get across their
and close on Blasse. She is a strong athlete, Stokes, but it looks as if
she has been tiring for the last ten minutes or so. When you have been
playing wide and then you have two fill in at full-back, it can be
disorientating. She did put in a lot of work in the first half. Runs
forward caused allsorts of problems. She is probably one the fittest
layers in the team though, so if she can keep going, I am sure she will
keep the rest of the team going. A couple of minutes to go.
England behind to an own goal and a very dodgy penalty.
Back into the danger area by Blasse. I think you are now seeing the
difference between players who are in the middle of their domestic
season and players who are just in preseason. Germany have ultimately
been the fitter, stronger looking team in the last ten minutes. Sara
Dabritz try to meet that, but it was cleared away. I think the fact the
England girls gave absolutely everything for the device minutes is
probably playing a bit of a role in the fatigue now.
It will draw Germany honourable in the competition with the USA. Shot
deflected away. She has not had a good game. The better option was to
be left of her. It was Mittag. She took the shot. Yes, I think she
could have played it out wide to Mittag. She has not had a most
effective game. Hendrich gets forward. Still in
play. Carney is there with her. She hasn't had a chance to get on the
ball since you came on. It will take Germany to six points, along with
the USA. The difference for both will be too. Germany will be a head
with the total of tournament goals going into the final game between
the two in the final game in Florida on Thursday. They will play France
that night. Jill Scott to Kirby. Mark Sampson the coach telling his
players to get forward. Kirby came into international
football at a whizbang pace, didn't she? Yes, with a wonder goal. She
has tried to maintain that I think she will. She has a lot of
qualities. She is very good on the ball and makes things happen. A
chance for England. The goalkeeper did well. Came out very quickly to
close the gap. With that chance gone, has England's hope finally
faded? Alex Scott in there. Along with stony. Jill Scott took it well
and has played well. Chapman is up and running, but could not get it
out to her. Could switch it away left. Ten three macro is ahead. Into
Magull. -- Popp is ahead. Into Magull. That was a great run.
I think the flag was raised in the end.
Another good claim by the goalkeeper. Slightly at fault for
the English goal, Toni Duggan's had just dropped in front of her
awkwardly, but you could have done better. Ultimately, real
disappointment for England. England stayed ahead until 75 minutes until
the own goal by Gilly Flaherty drew them level, then a hotly disputed
penalty for the Germans. England should be very proud of themselves,
for 75 minutes they were the better team. Maybe it was tired leg, but
England played for 75 minutes excellently. The goal of this surely
goes to Sara Dabritz, which is unbelievable. England cannot win
this tournament live there. They had been beaten here by Germany 2-1.
It was all going so well for the Lionesses. Toni Duggan's advert
giving England believe that the did not look like they were going to
surrender. Then bad luck, Gilly Flaherty with an own goal, then a
very dubious decision and the Germans don't miss penalties, do
they? So, Germany tops the SheBelieves Cup table on goals
scored. How disappointing! What went wrong for England? The penalty, when
we see it back again, it wasn't a penalty. Overall, England took their
foot off the pedal a tiny bit in the second half. That was maybe down to
being tired. You can't allow the German space to run free. Things
started to fall apart in the last 15 minutes. Jordan Nobbs give away a
free kick, like earlier timed tackle. It was offside, the ball was
played in. You need the leadership there and the qualities to say, we
have had warning, we are going to tighten up. It all started so well.
It did. The second half started the way they had finished the first
half. We highlighted Jill Scott at half-time as being outstanding.
Fantastic all by Alex Greenwood. Toni Duggan uses the pace of the
ball and guided into corner. At technically good finish. It is a
fantastic header. You might question that the keepers should do better,
but I think that is a good header from Toni Duggan. England were
positive and playing really well. They had some pretty decent chances
early on in the first half. Jill Scott's strike from distance, for
example. In the second half they stayed high of their pressing lines
were nice and positive. 20 of the group from 30 yards I did not really
test the goalkeeper as you would have liked. England continued to
press. This is a wonderful cross in from Demi Stokes. Alex Scott was
trying to get the ball to a runner coming in. Good combination play by
England. A good header back across. Then the disallowed German gold that
changed everything. It seemed that the momentum shifted at this point.
Yes, it was disallowed and rightly so. Alexandra Popp was offside
slightly. It is pretty neck and neck, but it was disallowed. England
needed to regroup at this point. It was less than a minute later that we
will see the mistake come along. It seemed that England switched off.
England switched off and use Germany building confidence. We felt at the
time that Germany's started to smell blood. Germany of old. Then over
Gilly Flaherty, I really felt for her. It looked like a tired
challenge. To be fair to Gilly Flaherty, she has to try to block
the ball, but it takes the deflection away from Karen Bardsley.
The wait was on the wrong leg, then it gets deflected to her left side
and she couldn't get hands are quick and strong enough to keep it light.
Bad decision for the penalty? Terrible. Fara Williams does really
well to put pressure on Alexandra Popp from behind. She clearly gets
her foot on the ball. It is the German player who actually heads the
bottom of Fara Williams's foot. That is not a penalty. A bad decision
from the referees. Fara Williams reads the game so brilliantly there,
and that is just what she does. That is a good penalty, to be fair to
them. Nothing Karen Bardsley could do about that. Penalties are a
strong point for them. What happened in the last 15 minutes? I don't know
of that was tiredness. It seemed to be the same plan. Mark Sampson Brock
on some fresh legs. Maybe became disjointed because so many people
came on. At the back, whether was tiredness, they lost a bit of
discipline. If you make those decisions a little bit late, that's
when the mistakes, bite. I imagine that is a tough one for
you to take. Yes, incredibly tough to take. A couple other games in a
row neither will we have had a stonewalled penalty not given for
us, and one given against us that wasn't right. That is two games in a
row when we were competing, playing well and the officials are not good
enough. It is frustrating for us because there were a lot of good
things in the game. We dominated in terms of territory. We created as
many chances as Germany did. I have absolute pride in my players. Two
games in three days is tough. They are in preseason and you could see
that the German team was a bit sharper and we had to dig in towards
the end. We are disappointed, but it was the decision that cost us. Were
you disappointed to concede the two goals so close together. I don't
count the second goal, it was not a penalty. The first goal, that is one
in a hundred, it gets a deflection into the back of the net. We limited
Germany to long-range shots were scrappy chancers and the created
chances ourselves and scored a good call. We deserved something out of
the game. We will come back tomorrow, shape up, learn a lesson
and cool again against France. Claire Rafferty, you took her off
after that uncle, would you worried about where her head was? No, she
has not had much of a preseason and the intensity was starting to catch
up with her. It was always the plan that she should come off in the last
20. Gilly Flaherty will learn a lot from that. Moving onto the next
game, you will play against France on Wednesday. How important is it
that you get back on the plane home with a win. It is very important.
Margins are so small. We will put in a similar performance. It will be
tight, close, and we have to hope that we will get the rub of the
green with the officials and we will get the chance to compete. A couple
of games in three days at this level, we have come a long way.
Thanks for the support. Very strong words from Mark Sampson. The
officials weren't good enough. Aside from that you can tell that he is
disappointed. As Dean map within a strong performance, given everything
on the pitch. Something out of his control means that they have lost
the game. What are they need to do for Wednesday against France? Go
back, dust yourself off. They will come at France in the same way that
they have against America and Germany. Another fighting
performance. Thanks to you for joining us. We will see you on
Wednesday night for the final game of the SheBelieves Cup, England
against France, live on the red button. Thank you for joining us on
a night when England started so well. In the end, it was the German
two came out on top. Good night.
Tina Daheley presents live second half coverage as England take on Germany in the SheBelieves tournament. England are looking to repeat their memorable victory from last summer, when they secured third place at the Women's World Cup by beating their old rivals.