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Germany rallies to beat England, to play U.S. for title

Silvia Neid has Germany needing a draw against the U.S, to win the SheBelieves Cup. (Photo: Canada Soccer)

Silvia Neid has Germany needing a draw against the U.S, to win the SheBelieves Cup. (Photo: Canada Soccer)

Germany rallied to beat England 2-1 in Sunday’s SheBelieves Cup nightcap setting up a Wednesday night encounter for the title against the United States. The result snapped a two-match winless streak for Germany against England. They fell 1-0 in extra time in the third place match at last summer’s World Cup and played to a scoreless draw in their most recent matchup.

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Sunday in Nashville, Toni Duggan gave England the lead on a 9th minute header that was the result of an Alex Greenwood cross. Greenwood had gotten the ball back after an initial free kick was cleared by the Germany defense. England made that lead hold up until the 76th minute when Gilly Faherty knocked one by Karen Bardsley for an own goal. Less than five minutes later Fara Williams, on the occasion of her 150th cap, took down Alexandra Popp that sent Germany to the spot. Babett Peter converted in the 82nd minute for the winner.

Because Germany has more goals scored than the United States they will win the inaugural SheBelieves Cup with a draw Wednesday in Boca Raton. Otherwise the winner of that match will take the crown. England play France in the first game.

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