Dominant Germans bag bronze
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Germany took their place on the New Zealand 2008 podium with a comfortable 3-0 victory over England in a one-sided third-place play-off.

Bitterly disappointed to have missed out on the final, Ralf Peter's side took their frustration out on a Lionesses side who, despite their best efforts, rarely threatened the German goal. This all-European showdown rarely had the pulse racing but it did get to a bright start, with Inka Wesely ghosting in unmarked to head home a Dzsenifer Marozsan corner after just 11 minutes.

Germany were firmly in control at this stage and would have doubled their lead six minutes from the break but for an excellent save from Lauren Davey to deny Marozsan at point-blank range. England's best effort came in the shape of a late, long-range Jordan Nobbs effort that crashed back off the bar, but generally it was one-way traffic, with the European champions deservedly doubling their lead after 74 minutes.

Again, England failed to cope contain Wesely at a corner, and the big defender was able to knock down for Turid Knaak to sweep the ball into the net from all of four yards. There was even time for Germany to increase their advantage in the dying minutes, Lynn Mester scoring at the second attempt following some terrific approach play from Carolin Simon.