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Last Updated: Friday, 14 September 2007, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
England-Germany as it happened

By Saj Chowdhury

England Women 0-0 Germany Women

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    1448: FULL TIME England Women 0-0 Germany Women They think it's all over, it is now. England have produced a brilliant result. Many doubted that Hope Powell's women could hold the World Cup favourites, but they have. Qualification from Group A is in England's hands. Victory over Argentina will see them progress.

    1448: Prince has had a few sensational nights performing in London. But Birgit Prinz has been off key in Shanghai today.

    1445: Kelly Smith has done little wrong but she is guilty of firing high from 30 yards when Rachel Yankey on the left was a better option. Wasted chance.

    1443: Kerstin Stegemann drives low from 10 yards but again Rachel Brown saves low. It's getting tense out there for England.

    1440: Simone Laudehr picks up a yellow that means she will miss Germany's final group game against Japan. From the resulting free-kick, Fatmire Bajramaj is booked for breaking from the wall early. The re-taken free-kick from Kelly Smith deflects off her own player to go out for a goal-kick.

    1439: Everton's Rachel Brown makes outstanding save low down with her feet to deny Kerstin Garefrekes's eight-yard angled drive.

    1435: Kelly Smith produces a crunching tackle on Prinz to win possession back for England inside their own half. England surge forward and are five on four, however they make a major hash of their advantage.

    1432: Only 14 minutes to go, plus stoppage. A point would be superb for England and well deserved.

    1430: Katie Chapman makes a take-no-prisoners tackle inside the area to deny Simone Laudehr. Great stuff.

    1428: Birgit Prinz gets her first real sighter, but her low shot is saved by Rachel Brown. England's Faye White needs treatment after trying to hold off Prinz during that attack - but the tough nut is fine.

    1426: Rachel Yankey tries her luck at the other end, but her 25-yard effort fails to trouble German keeper Nadine Angerer.

    1424: Substitute Bajramaj turns on a sixpence and fires in a low, but tame, shot from the edge of the area that Rachel Brown collects comfortably low down.

    1422: There have not been a glutton of chances for Germany in front of goal and that is credit to England. England have put in a very disciplined performance against a team who score goals for fun.

    1419: Germany's Fatmire Bajramaj, 19, comes on for Malanie Behringer who had such an influential game against Argentina.

    1417: England defender Anita Asante is having a fantastic game keeping the majority of Germany's attacks from reaching the penalty area. I'm sure on this evidence she will keep her place for the Argentina game.

    1412: Kelly Smith is causing all sorts of problem when the ball is played over the top. Smith almost steals in before Annike Krahn and keeper Nadine Angerer manage to clear the ball for Germany. Meanwhile, Karen Carney comes off and is replaced by the pacy Rachel Yankey.

    1411: Fara Williams picks up a yellow card for scything down Birgit Prinz in full flight.

    1409: The tall and skilful Jill Scott has done well after being brought in for the game by England coach Hope Powell. Germany's midfield have been made to work hard to get the ball from her.

    1405: The German team must have had a big kick up their backsides at half-time from coach Neid Silivia, because they have begun the second 45 very brightly.

    1404: Germany's Birgit Prinz fires in a pretty tame shot from just outside the area. The world's leading markswoman isn't quite at her imperious best... yet.

    1401: Germany kick off the second half.

    1347: HALF-TIME - There's no Shanghai surprise so far (apologies for pun), but England have done well to keep Germany at bay. The German defence looks as shaky as the Berlin Wall did in 1989 and if England get one clear-cut chance then they may make the world champions pay.

    1346: The pitch is cutting up pretty badly, but despite the conditions the players have coped well.

    1344: Brown is called into action again. Kerstin Stegemann finds Kerstin Garefrekes who heads her effort into the hands of a grateful Brown. Seconds later the shotstopper has to dive low at her near post to prevent a cheeky Birgit Prinz drive from sneaking in.

    1342: England keeper Rachel Brown does brilliantly to hold on to a wicked Germany cross from the left.

    1340: Gorgeous wet English weather in Shanghai - except it's a tad bit warmer. It's getting slightly slippy out there.

    1338: Kelly Smith wins a free-kick for England 25 yards from goal. Fara Williams steps up to the mark and fires in a low effort that Smith almost manages to deflect in for the opener.

    1335: A great five-woman move from England. The ball arrives at the feet Alex Scott who fires a dipping shot that unfortunately, for the Three Lions, fails to dip fast enough.

    1331: England are well supported by the MAD BAPs in the stadium - Mums And Dads, Boyfriends And Partners.

    1329: Karen Carney finds Jill Scott just inside the area with a dinked ball, but Scott slips just as she is about to size up a shot. England are giving as good as they're getting.

    1320: The lanky German, Simone Laudehr, is causing all sorts of problems down the right. England are finding it hard to get bodies up into the Germany half once the ball breaks for them. Kelly Smith seems a little bit isolated in her lone role in attack.

    1315: Katie Chapman will miss the match against Argentina after picking up a yellow card for a foul on Simone Laudehr. The resulting Germany free-kick from 25 yards is struck as well as a nine-iron shank.

    1311: Melanie Behringer's 35-yard free-kick is struck well enough but sails harmlessly over the bar and Rachel Brown in the England goal.

    1309: I'm going to stick my neck out here - it won't be another 11-0 to Germany.

    1308: A bizarre header from the Germany keeper Nadine Angerer almost ends up in her own net. The long England ball bounced high in the box eluding Angerer who could only nod the ball out for a corner under pressure from England's Kelly Smith.

    1305: Germany's Annike Krahn heads four yards wide from a corner.

    1303: Germany's prolific striker Birgit Prinz, who needs one more goal to be the all-time top scorer in World Cups, goes down in the penalty area - but Swedish referee Jenny Palmqvist in unimpressed.

    1300: England kick off their crunch World Cup group game.

    1256: England have played Germany 16 times and have lost 15 of them. Well, Zimbabwe did beat Australia in the cricket. Miracles do happen.

    1249: TEAM NEWS - England's Eniola Oluko and Rachel Yankey are both replaced by Anita Asante and Jill Scott.

    1234: It's a balmy night in Shanghai with the temperature around the 23C mark. The pitch is wet so it will be a little bit heavy underfoot for the players.

    1230: With Japan nicking a late winner against Argentina, Group A is now wide open.

    If England, who drew 2-2 with Japan in their first game, manage to take a point from the Germany encounter then that would set them up nicely for their final, and crucial, group match against Argentina.

    Coach Hope Powell is confident of a good result against a Germany team that put 11 past the South Americans.

    "The team have come a long way in terms of overall belief, especially after what they have achieved over the last 18 months and certainly in the game against Japan," said the 40-year-old England coach.

    "They feel confident and have a belief in what they are doing and they are aiming high which is no bad thing as they want to do well in this competition."

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