Germany claimed the bronze medal at Chile 2008 in spectacular style after a thrilling 5-3 victory over France at the Estadio Muncipal de La Florida.
Marie Pollman was the Germans' heroine with a first-half hat-trick and while Les Bleuettes never gave up, the pre-match favourites deservedly take their place on the podium. Although France ditched their naturally offensive style in an attempt to contain their formidable rivals, this plan unravelled inside 10 minutes, with Pollmann firing home her first from long distance after a neat exchange with Nicole Banecki.
Already facing an uphill struggle, France's task became all but impossible 19 minutes later when Pollman bundled the ball home after Banecki and Julia Simic had both come close in a frantic penalty box scramble. Game over? It certainly looked that way two minutes later when Pollman completed her hat-trick, nipping in ahead of Livia Jean to convert from close range.
However, the French didn't allow their heads to drop, and in first half injury time hauled themselves back into contention when Alix Faye Chellali's cross-cum-shot ended up in the net. That goal provided the spark for a more attacking performance from the underdogs in the second half, and they continued to press forward even after Simic's deflected shot re-established Germany's three-goal cushion in 67 minutes.
France's reward came with 15 minutes remaining when Marine Pervier headed home powerfully from Charlotte Loze's inviting cross, although hopes of a grandstand finish were to prove shortlived. Within five minutes, in fact, Lisa Schwab sealed Les Bleuttes' fate, and although Marie Laure Delie headed home in stoppage time, it was of little consolation to the vanquished French.