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Women’s World Cup: Germany vs. England third-place preview

Both teams will want to finish their Women’s World Cup run on a high note


After losses to the United States and Japan respectively, Germany and England still have something to play for: third place. There’s no podium in this competition, but both teams will want to finish their Women’s World Cup run on a high note.

Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s game, and how we think it will play out.

Germany (1) vs. England (6)

Location: Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton

Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: TSN 1, 3, 4, 5

Last game: In one of the great upsets of the tournament, the U.S. defeated the world No.1 in 2-0 in a match where controversial refereeing took centre stage. England lost a heartbreaker against holders Japan when Lionesses fullback Laura Bassett scored an injury-time own goal to secure a 2-1 win for her opponents.

At stake: Pride, and the highest finish either of these teams can hope for.

Players to watch: Germany’s Celia Sasic, in contention for the tournament’s Golden Ball award as the top player in the competition, will be gunning to make up for a missed penalty versus the Americans. England centre-back Steph Houghton will be charged with watching Sasic but the German’s must pay attention to her going forward as well; she’s the player the Lionesses look for on set pieces.

Projected Starting XI

Germany: Nadine Angerer (GK), Saskia Bartusiak (DF), Leonie Maier (DF), Annike Krahn (DF), Simone Laudehr (MF), Melanie Leupolz (MF), Lena Goessling (MF), Tabea Kemme (MF), Anja Mittag (F), Celia Sasic (F), Alexandra Popp (F)

England: Karen Bardsley (GK), Claire Rafferty (DF), Steph Houghton (DF), Laura Bassett (DF), Lucy Bronze (DF), Jade Moore (MF), Fara Williams (MF), Jill Scott (MF), Katie Chapman (MF), Toni Duggan (F), Jodie Taylor (F)

What to expect: The Lionesses put in a valiant effort this tournament, coming back from an opening game 1-0 loss to France to win their next four matches. They were oh-so-close to taking Japan to extra time but couldn’t hold on to the draw past stoppage time. Still, England was lucky to get a penalty called after Houghton dove in the box. Germany will have to be careful against the English on set plays, but the first-ranked team, who many predict would be World Cup winners once again come Sunday night, should have the quality necessary to finish third.

Winner: Germany

Toronto Star prediction record: 9-4.

Toronto Star

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