World Cup Daily: England's 'history girls' finish on a high note
Carrie Dunn wraps up the penultimate day at the Womens' World Cup in Canada - and the end of a successful tournament for the Lionesses.
PLAY OF THE DAY
She's the only Lioness to have played in every minute of this World Cup campaign, so it's appropriate that England captain Steph Houghton's spectacular goal-line clearance gets a wider viewing.
MATCHDAY IN SUMMARY
Germany 0 England 1: Yes, you read that right. AND it was won with a penalty. Lianne Sanderson was hauled back by Tabea Kemme, and after a bit of gamesmanship from goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and the protective headgear-wearing Alexandra Popp, the ever-cool Fara Williams struck home her third of the tournament in extra-time. That secured England their first ever win against Germany – and the bronze medal in the Women's World Cup.
The big news of the last 24 hours is that FIFPro, the international players' union, has now announced it'll be welcoming in the ladies. All good stuff, but it's a little riling to hear them say that the debate around whether this tournament should be played on turf or not was “the tipping point” for opening the doors to female players.
The secretary-general of FIFPro, Theo van Seggelen, declared that a men's World Cup would never be played on 3G turf, and that would be the case for women from here on in. It's all about a year too late, and Abby Wambach and Nadine Angerer and the rest of the women who were looking to mount a legal challenge could have done with the help then, but still, better late than never?
TWEET OF THE DAY (part 1):
As England's impressive campaign came to an end in Edmonton, new converts to women's football were eagerly seeking out information about the FA Women's Super League, which resumes next weekend. Where are the nearest fixtures? What's the kick-off time? Unsurprisingly, they headed to the internet. And then this happened. It's kind of funny – but also indicative that not even the FA expected this level of interest in their team or their competition.
TWEET OF THE DAY (part 2):
After a dramatic week, in which various pundits speculated that Laura Bassett shouldn't play the last game after her semi-final own goal, the Lionesses picked up their medals and Karen Carney tweeted this:
COMING UP: A month of competition comes down to this, and it's a repeat of the 2011 final. The USA take on Japan in Vancouver on Sunday evening. The twice winners have been disappointing throughout but switched to an entirely new gear (with entirely new tactics) in their semi-final against Germany; the defending champions have been beautiful to watch throughout but will need some new ideas to break down that American defence.