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Germany beat England 3:0 at Wembley

In meeting number 20 between the two teams, Germany came out 3:0 winners against England at Wembley in London. It was also win number 18 for Germany and its FC Bayern contingent. Meanwhile, two Bayern teammates played to a draw in the final World Cup play-off between the Netherlands and Italy.

FC Bayern captain Melanie Behringer got the start in her usual central midfield spot at Wembley for Germany while Melanie Leupolz started on the right in midfield. Although England had the first chance just seconds into the game Germany responded right away and looked dangerous from then on. A corner from Behringer resulted in the opening goal with England scoring an unlucky own goal (6.) to put the hosts behind. The second goal came thanks to a great solo run by Celia Sasic (12.) and Germany were off. Shortly before the break Sasic made it 3:0 after a cross from Tabea Kemme (45.). Germany could have had four if Leupolz' header (32.) wasn't called back by the referee.

Both Behringer and Leupolz came off at the break and the game expectedly slowed in pace with the result all but secured. Germany did enough to put the game to bed in the first half and wrapped up the calendar year in the best way possible heading into the World Cup in Canada next summer.

Italy and Netherlands draw

The final participant at the World Cup in Canada will have to be decided this coming week after the Netherlands and Italy drew in the first leg of their play-off. FC Bayern's Vivianne Miedema got the equalizing goal for the Dutch (54.) after Italy went up through Melania Gabbiadini early in the first half. For Miedema it was goal number 16 in 16 matches for her national team. Also featuring from FC Bayern was Raffaella Manieri, who started for Italy. The second leg will be played this coming Thursday in Verona, Italy. A 0:0 would be enough for Italy to book their place in the finals next year.