England performed in front of 77,768 fans at Wembley this afternoon, surpassing the record attendance record for a Lionesses home match but they couldn’t mark this watershed moment with a victory.
The showpiece friendly with two-time world champions Germany, which smashed the previous record established when they beat today’s opponents 3-0 at the same venue in 2014, was heading towards a 1-1 draw before Klara Buhl netted a 90th minute winner.
Record-breaking attendance: Five key things to know…
- England v Germany set a new attendance record for a Lionesses home game.
- 77,768 fans watched Phil Neville’s team at the home of English football.
- It smashed the previous record of 45,619 set when they beat Germany 3-0 at Wembley in 2014.
- Germany would gain a semblance of revenge by running out 2-1 winners.
- Ellen White scored England’s only goal as Nikita Parris missed a penalty.
England began on the backfoot and found themselves a goal behind in the ninth minute as Alexandra Popp put the visitors in front. Nikita Parris had the opportunity to level proceedings from the spot, but was unable to convert, but Neville’s side did manage to equalise on the stroke of halftime through Ellen White.
As the spoils were on course to be shared, up stepped Buhl to inflict yet another loss on England following another successful World Cup, in which they reached the semi-finals only to be eliminated by eventual champions the USA who successfully defended their crown.
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Since returning from France the Lionesses’ have won of their subsequent five outings (all being friendlies), that being last time out against Portugal (1-0) which followed a 3-3 draw against Belgium and defeats against Norway (2-1) and Brazil (2-1).
Neville, who has come under increasing pressure, attributed blame onto himself. “I’ve got to take responsibility for those results, the buck has got to start and finish with me,” he said. “The team reflects the manager and the team aren’t good enough [right now] which means I’m not good enough.”
England will next play the Czech Republic in České Budějovice on November 12.