England beats Germany 1-0 in extra time to finish 3rd

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Team members from Germany react to losing their match against England during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 3rd Place Play-off match between England and Germany at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Todd Korol/Getty Images)

EDMONTON, Alberta — Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the 108th minute, helping England beat Germany 1-0 on Saturday for third place in the Women’s World Cup.

It was England’s first win in 21 meetings against Germany, and secured the team’s best finish in its four World Cup appearances. England’s victory over the top-ranked Germans came after a gut-wrenching 2-1 semifinal loss to Japan that was decided on an own goal on Wednesday.

Williams’ goal was set up by a pass into the penalty area intended for Lianne Sanderson. As Sanderson turned to go after the ball, she was pulled down by Tabea Kemme.

Germany dropped to 18-1-2 against England.