England Women beaten by Germany in front of record-breaking Wembley crowd as Nikita Parris has penalty saved

England Women beaten by Germany in front of record-breaking Wembley crowd as Nikita Parris has penalty saved

England Women had their party spoiled by rivals Germany with a 2-1 defeat in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley.

An attendance of 77,768 was recorded, smashing the previous best for a home fixture involving the Lionesses.

It was a great occasion for women’s football in England but the Lionesses couldn’t get the win they craved
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However, the total fell marginally short of the best ever crowd for a women’s match at Wembley, with 80,023 spectators gathering at Wembley for the Olympic final in 2012 between the USA and Japan.

When Alexandra Popp put the Germans ahead after three minutes, it looked like it could be a long night for Phil Neville’s team, but they bounced back.

Nikita Parris’ missed penalty was initially costly before Ellen White produced a trademark finish, although Klara Buhl’s late goal handed the visitors a 21st win over their rivals from 26 meetings.

A sea of England flags and a huge amount of noise greeted both teams onto the pitch at a wet and cold Wembley.

The game could have been different had Parris stuck away this penalty
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It did little to dampen the spirits of those in attendance, with many making the trip to the national stadium for the first time and creating a special and vibrant atmosphere.

The previous meeting between the teams under the arch in 2014 saw a frantic start with Jordan Nobbs hitting the crossbar after eight seconds and it was a case of deja vu this time.

Germany were on the front foot from the off and in the third minute silenced an excitable crowd when captain Popp opened the scoring.

A fine move down the right saw Kathrin Hendrich pick out the forward and she headed home to make it a nightmare start for Neville.

The Germans silenced the Wembley crowd early on
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Opposition head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg would have been happy, with Germany dominating the opening 20 in the capital.

England’s newest supporters were limited to cheering brief attacks, but the decibel levels inside the ground went through the roof every time the hosts entered the opposition half.

While Germany’s head coach was all smiles, Neville was furious – especially in the 19th minute when Jill Scott had to make a crucial block from a corner.

Slowly but surely the Lionesses eased their way into the occasion, with Beth Mead a constant nuisance for the visitors, who were wearing red and black.

An injury to the Arsenal attacker, after a horror challenge by Sara Doorsoun, just before the half-hour mark almost halted England’s momentum, but she was fine to continue and in the 35th minute won a spot-kick.