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England 3-1 Germany: Lionesses beat Germany on home soil for first time in history

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Molineux
Fran Kirby celebrates
England remain unbeaten in nine matches under Sarina Wiegman

England scored two late goals to beat Germany on home soil for the first time in their history and win the Arnold Clark Cup.

Chelsea's Fran Kirby and Millie Bright scored in the last 10 minutes at Molineux to give England a victory that saw them move above Spain at the top of the four-team table.

It ended a run of 26 games without victory over Germany on English soil, with the Lionesses' only previous win against their rivals coming in extra time of the 2015 World Cup third-place play-off.

It also ended a streak of nine matches without a win against opposition ranked inside the world's top 10.

Germany, ranked third in the world, finish bottom of the table having suffered two defeats in their three matches.

Ellen White had given England a fine start after 15 minutes when Kirby's pass kindly ricocheted into her path and she slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.

Germany captain Lina Magull equalised before the break with a stunning free-kick but England pushed for the winner and got the job done through composed finishes from Kirby and Bright late on.

It was a historic occasion in Wolverhampton as the England players celebrated in front of 13,463 fans at full-time and there were chants of 'Sweet Caroline'.

England's record goalscorer White sprinted along the touchline and clenched her fists to a huge roar from one side of the stadium, while her team-mates were applauded around the pitch.

Those celebratory scenes capped off a terrific tournament for England in which they extended their unbeaten run under manager Sarina Wiegman to nine games and was the perfect preparation for this summer's home European Championship.

Historic victory shows England progression

Millie Bright scores for England
Millie Bright scored two goals in the tournament for England

This tournament provided England with the ultimate tests as they faced Olympic champions Canada, Euros favourites Spain and two-time world champions Germany.

Wiegman had said results would not be the only measure of England's progression since her arrival but this victory will only further highlight the improvements they have made in the last six months.

England were the only side to score more than one goal in a match during the tournament and beat Spain to the trophy on goal difference having scored two extra goals in total.

They had to work for their victory over Germany - a side that has proven to be a nemesis over the past two decades - with Leah Williamson making a crucial last-ditch tackle in the second half, after Kirby had efforts of her own blocked by Germany.

The frantic end-to-end climax also typified England's thirst for victory in this match and the feeling of lifting a trophy in front of home fans - albeit in a friendly tournament - will surely give them added hunger ahead of the Euros.

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'We have grown really fast'

England manager Sarina Wiegman: "It's really nice to win a tournament. We wanted to develop our style of play and get to know ourselves more. We all did that and I think it's really nice to finish with a 3-1 win.

"I thought we played better against Spain. But still when you have a hard time of not getting into the game we scored three goals.

"We showed resilience. Even though we had a hard time keeping the ball, you saw the team work and effort to really get that goal to win.

"I always want more but we have been able to try out things and develop our style of play against three different opponents. It's February now but what we have shown and how we have developed this week is really good. We can continue from there.

"We've shown we can win against any opponent. I think as a team we have grown really fast."

England defender Millie Bright on ITV 4: "It's massive, it keeps our momentum [going]. Ultimately coming into this tournament it was about developing and about people getting minutes and exposure against top teams. We have done that well.

"We have taken our game to another level and shown that we can win."

'A promising period for English football'

Former England midfielder Karen Carney on BBC Radio 5 Live: "There is something different about this England team. They've got that little bit of class.

"If we can make them more ruthless, and more clinical, we're on to something - not just for the Euros but for the World Cup as well.

"This is such a promising period for English football in this women's national team. The manager is top drawer and the more time that she has to embed and get her style across, the more you will see England really kick on another gear."

Line-ups

England

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Roebuck
  • 12BronzeSubstituted forTooneat 82'minutes
  • 6Bright
  • 5GreenwoodBooked at 40mins
  • 15CarterSubstituted forDalyat 34'minutes
  • 8Williamson
  • 14StanwaySubstituted forParrisat 61'minutes
  • 4Walsh
  • 7Kirby
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forRussoat 82'minutes
  • 11Hemp

Substitutes

  • 1Earps
  • 2Daly
  • 3Stokes
  • 10Toone
  • 13Hampton
  • 16Mead
  • 17Parris
  • 18Nobbs
  • 19Charles
  • 20Scott
  • 22Russo
  • 23Zelem

Germany

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Frohms
  • 4Rall
  • 2Kleinherne
  • 8Feldkamp
  • 15Gwinn
  • 25DongusSubstituted forHagelat 72'minutes
  • 13Däbritz
  • 18AnyomiSubstituted forBrandat 45'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 20MagullSubstituted forDallmannat 72'minutes
  • 19BühlSubstituted forCerciat 88'minutes
  • 7Schüller

Substitutes

  • 3Maier
  • 11Freigang
  • 12Tufekovic
  • 14Kayikci
  • 16Dallmann
  • 17Rauch
  • 21Berger
  • 22Brand
  • 23Doorsoun
  • 24Cerci
  • 26Hagel
  • 27Petzelberger

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 3, Germany 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 3, Germany 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! England 3, Germany 1. Fran Kirby (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lauren Hemp with a headed pass following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Alex Greenwood (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Selina Cerci (Germany).

  6. Post update

    Offside, England. Alessia Russo tries a through ball, but Lauren Hemp is caught offside.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Selina Cerci replaces Klara Bühl.

  8. Post update

    Fran Kirby (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Linda Dallmann (Germany).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! England 2, Germany 1. Millie Bright (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lauren Hemp (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fran Kirby.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chantal Hagel (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Linda Dallmann.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jule Brand (Germany) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sara Däbritz with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alessia Russo (England).

  15. Post update

    Sophia Kleinherne (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Ella Toone replaces Lucy Bronze.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Alessia Russo replaces Ellen White.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leah Williamson (England) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Millie Bright (England) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fran Kirby following a set piece situation.

  20. Booking

    Jule Brand (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England31204225
2Spain31202115
3Canada31112204
4Germany301225-31
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