England beat Germany on home soil

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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, finished 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 equalized 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.

More to follow.



Formation 4-3-3

  • twenty-oneroebuck
  • 12BronzeSubstituted forTooneat 82′minutes
  • 6Bright
  • 5GreenwoodBooked at 40mins
  • fifteenSumpSubstituted forDalyat 3. 4′minutes
  • 8Williamson
  • 14stanwaySubstituted forParisat 61′minutes
  • 4walsh
  • 7kirby
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forRussianat 82′minutes
  • elevenHemp


  • 1Earps
  • twoDaly
  • 3Stokes
  • 10Toone
  • 13hampton
  • 16Mead
  • 17Paris
  • 18Nobbs
  • 19Charles
  • twentyScott
  • 22Russian
  • 23Zelem


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1frohms
  • 4rally
  • twokleinherne
  • 8feldkamp
  • fifteenGwinn
  • 25dongusSubstituted forHagelat 72′minutes
  • 13Dabritz
  • 18AnyomiSubstituted forBrandat Four. Five’minutesBooked at 79mins
  • twentybruiseSubstituted forDalmannat 72′minutes
  • 19buhlSubstituted forCerciat 88′minutes
  • 7Schuller


  • 3Mayer
  • elevenFreigang
  • 12Tufekovic
  • 14kayikci
  • 16Dalmann
  • 17Rauch
  • twenty-oneBerger
  • 22Brand
  • 23door sound
  • 24Cerci
  • 26Hagel
  • 27Petzelberger



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