The battle for third place in the Women's World Cup takes place today, as Germany and England both look for some reprisal after losing out in the semifinals. The match kicks off at 1:00 p.m. PT and will air on FOX.
England, who made it further than any other English women's national team before them, lost in the final seconds in heartbreaking fashion against Japan. They'll be looking to put that moment behind them today and do something else they've never done: beat Germany.
Germany come into this match a bit tired and beaten up. They went 120 minutes against France, and then got outplayed by the United States despite being heavy favorites. But we know what this German side can do. They've averaged 24.8 shots per match this tournament. Sure, they played against Thailand and Ivory Coast, but they also managed 17 shots against France and 25 against Sweden.
England right back Lucy Bronze has been a force this World Cup, scoring two goals and holding down the back line. Her dominance made Bronze one of eight players nominated for the Golden Ball award, recognizing the best talent in the tournament. Bronze, Captain Steph Houghton, and the entire defense will need to hold a tight line and stay disciplined if they want to prevent forward Anja Mittag and striker Celia Sasic from scoring.
Before facing the U.S., Germany had never given up more than one goal in a single match. They have a well-organized defense, but they are susceptible to counter attacks, especially on the flanks as Megan Rapinoe proved on Tuesday. England has some speed that could punish Germany's defensive mistakes.
England averages 12.3 shots per match, with 35% of those shots falling on target. Rather than relying on one star, they are a team that likes to spread their shots and goals around. Forward Toni Duggan has taken the most shots at 11, but just two of hers have been on frame and she's yet to score a goal. England's top goal-scorers, midfielders Fara Williams and Karen Carney and defender Lucy Bronze, all have two goals in the tournament.
While it's not the championship match that both teams wanted, both England and Germany will be looking to leave the World Cup on a high note. Here's hoping it's an exciting match.
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