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Why England must get a draw against Germany

Womens World Cup England
by Claire S - BBC Sport (U1199647) 13 September 2007
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England play Germany in the Women's World Cup on Friday afternoon (watch it on BBC TWO or our website if you are at work..) and it's fair to say it is a crunch game.

The worry is, the way the fixtures have fallen news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo... that if England lose to them, they could well be on the plane home.

That is because - presuming Japan beat Argentina on Friday morning (the Argentina who were beaten 11-0 by Germany) - they and Germany could play out a bore draw on Monday which would mean however many goals England stick past the Argies, it wouldn't be enough.

So, a draw against Germany is a must if Hope Powell's side want to keep our destiny in our own hands.

It would be SUCH a shame, given the quality they showed in the brilliant comeback against Japan (albeit in patches), if once again they failed to make it to the knockout stages (as at Euro 2005).

Had England managed to beat Japan (and not conceded that literally last-gasp freekick) they would have essentially have been home and dry and into the hat for the final stages when anything can happen.

Kelly Smith and Powell tried to put a brave face on it, saying the side showed character to comeback from a goal down etc - which is true.

But the fact is, the nerves showed on Tuesday. Smith and Karen Carney looked a class apart. But several players looked overawed - none more so that Eniola Aluko, who had that open goal miss and showed a general lack of composure with the ball at her feet.

And the pressure will be even greater tomorrow as all the players will be well aware of the consequence of defeat.

England drew 0-0 with Germany in January this year and Carney says they do not fear the World Champions. www.thefa.com/WorldCup2007/E...

But that draw was (my German friend Antje tells me) against a German side missing eight of their best players - and came only a few months after perhaps a more realistic 5-1 drubbing.

The fact is on the evidence of their first game, England do definitely deserve to qualify. It would be a shame if once again, they fall agonisingly just short and we are left contemplating what might have been. (No change there then with England + Football + Major Championships)

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posted Sep 17, 2007

We need some women in the Cricket team. Multi-tasking comes in handy. The blokes don't seem to be able to run and catch at the same time, never mind trying to stand up and hit a ball! Good luck ladies. Nice to see people wearing the lions with pride.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Sep 17, 2007

A goal!

These Argentinians are more of a danger to their own goal than opposing strikers....
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posted Sep 17, 2007

And they are 2 up after 10 minutes smiley

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posted Sep 17, 2007

How bad is the Argie's defence???

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posted Sep 17, 2007

Bigdrag

care to amend your previous comments laugh

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posted Sep 17, 2007

I've seen a few shocking throw-ins, ie, one foot waaay off the ground. Are the rules regarding this the same as the mens game?

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Sep 17, 2007

yes, Eddie....

I see countless foul throws in the men's game too!
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posted Sep 17, 2007

what does that have to do with the question. Don't get all defensive on me.winkeye

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comment by sjc007 (U9657904)

posted Sep 17, 2007

and the women do play 45 each way Eddie, and use the same size ball.....

just to get the answers to all the patronising questions sorted at one time....

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posted Sep 17, 2007

eh?!?

I saw a few terrible throw ins and asked a genuine question.

Some of the people championing the womens world cup are doing more harm than good

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