England beat Germany 1-0 to win World Cup third place play-off

England finished third at the Women's World Cup
England finished third at the Women's World Cup

England clinched bronze at the World Cup after a coolly-taken Fara Williams penalty beat Germany 1-0 in the third/fourth place play-off.

The Lionesses lifted themselves after the heartbreak of their injury-time semi-final defeat to Japan by beating the European champions.

England had lost 18 of theior 20 meetings with the Germans but produced an excellent display in Edmonton.

The winner though did not come until early in the second period of extra-time.

Sub Lianne Sanderson was wrestled in the area and the North Korean referee pointed to the spot.

Williams did the rest, sending keeper Angerer the wrong way, her shot from 12 yards nestling in the right-corner of the German net.

England had a couple of late scares but successfully played out time to beat Germany for the first time.

Local girls Steph Houghton, Jill Scott and Lucy Bronze all impressed at the Commonwealth Stadium.

Houghton, who had played every minute of England’s World Cup campaign, saved her country in the first half with a superb goal-line clearance.

Scott, her former Sunderland team-mate, had one of the best chances of the tie, when she was played in but took too long instead of shooting first-time and was dispossessed.

The Man City midfielder had another opportunity seconds later from a delicious Karen Carney cross but tried to shoot with her right foot when the left was a better option.