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Germany defeats England in front of historic crowd

England 1-2 Germany: Lionesses' poor form masked by record-attendance for a women's football match

November 9, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
A late strike by the Germans denied Neville's ladies the opportunity to seal a respectable outcome in front of a historic crowd.

Saturday's international friendly between England and Germany saw an all-new attendance record for a home game featuring the former being birthed despite the disappointing result. A crowd of 77,768 turned up at Wembley to watch the Lionesses battle their European counterparts albeit failing to arrest their recent dip in form.

It was generally a difficult night for Phil Neville's ladies who had to benefit from a controversial referee decision to secure their only goal of the game through Ellen White. In the buildup to the veteran forward's goal, she appeared to be a yard or two offside but the absence of VAR meant that the strike was not going to be overruled. Deep into the 90th-minute, Klara Bhul delivered the sucker-punch for Germany by slotting home a low effort past Mary Earps.

England was subsequently condemned to its fifth defeat in its last seven matches, winning and drawing a game apiece. While a few positives were be taken by the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup second-runners up, the most intriguing one certainly revolves around the love being shown to women's football in England.

Prior to the encounter, the clash between the Lionesses and the same opponents in 2014 served up the previously existing record-breaking attendance tally of 45,619. According to BBC, 86, 619 tickets were issued to fans ahead of Saturday's friendly at Wembley and 77,768 fans turned up out of the expected population.

Had the number crossed the 80,000 threshold, it would have potentially set a new record for a women's football fixture played in the United Kingdom. The existing record was achieved during the 2012 Olympic Games final where 80,203 showed up to cheer on USA and Japan at Wembley.

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