By Alex Stone in Unterhaching.
International Women's Friendly
Smisek 15, Prinz 55, Behringer 70 (pen)
5pm, Thursday 17 July 2008
Germany concluded their Olympic preparations with a 3-0 victory over England in front of a vocal crowd of 9,185 at the Sportpark Unterhaching on Thursday evening.
The match was Head Coach Silvia Neid's final chance to see her squad in action before having to cut six players from her 24 player squad by midnight.
England started confidently and after a short passing move on ten minutes, only the last-gasp intervention from Ariane Hingst - making her 150th appearance for Germany - stopped Karen Carney getting in on goal.
After quarter of an hour though, Rachel Brown was left holding her head in despair as Germany took the lead.
A hopeful punt forward by right back Kerstin Stegemann saw the England backline looking to the assistant referee for offside but the flag stayed down.
Brown - in her first game since the Euro 2009 qualifier at home to Spain in November 2007 - raced off her line but 30 yards out mis-timed her kick, leaving Sandra Smisek the simple task of rolling the ball into the net for her 33rd international goal.
England heads didn't go down though, and Kelly Smith put a shot wide after a neat passing move, with England's players involved in regular positional changes.
However the home side came close to doubling their lead on 37 minutes. The ever-dangerous Birgit Prinz held off the challenge of Anita Asante, but just dragged her shot inches wide of Rachel Brown's far post.
At half time Germany made three changes and ten minutes into the second period they extended their lead. Unsurprisingly it was Birgit Prinz who did the damage. Simone Laudehr sold Jill Scott a dummy on the right side of England's penalty area and floated a left footed cross that Prinz dispatched from six yards, rising between Faye White and Alex Scott.
On the hour Hope Powell made two changes. Lindsay Johnson came on for Alex Scott, whilst Emily Westwood moved into central defence, with Anita Asante moving into midfield and Kelly Smith replacing Lianne Sanderson in the centre forward role.
However, Germany went further ahead in the 70th minute. Faye White was dispossessed 30 yards from goal by Prinz and as the England skipper battled to atone for her error, Prinz tumbled and the referee pointed to the spot.
After a delay for three more substitutions, another half-time replacement Melanie Behringer stepped up to blast her penalty beyond Rachel Brown to make it 3-0.
Germany continued to hold the ascendancy in the final period and despite some slick interplay couldn't add to their lead. On this performance, the reigning world and European champions will be highly fancied to add the Olympic crown to their trophy cabinet.Teams
Angerer, Stegemann (Omilade 71), Krahn (Bartusiak 46), Hingst, Bresonik, Laudehr, Lingor (Okoyino da Mbabi 71), Garefrekes (Pohlers 71), Prinz, Bajramaj (Behringer 46), Smisek (Mittag 46)England
Rachel Brown, Alex Scott (Lindsay Johnson), Casey Stoney, Fara Williams, Faye White (c), Anita Asante, Karen Carney (Sue Smith 77), Jill Scott, Lianne Sanderson (Emily Westwood 61), Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey