HEIKE LATZSCH, the 20- year-old German winger with a time of under 12 seconds for the 100 metres, yesterday destroyed England's hopes of a semi-final appearance in the women's World Cup, writes Bill Colwill from Dublin.
Outpacing England's defence to set up the first German goal, scored by Nadine Ernsting-Krienke in the 15th minute, she then raced 60 yards to score the second soon after the hour to put the game beyond doubt.
It was the German captain, Franziska Hentschel, who rose from a crunching tackle by Chris Cook in the last minute to score the final goal with a reverse sweep.
The match might have taken a different course if England had taken advantage of two chances in the opening 10 minutes when the reorganised England line-up, with Mandy Davies in the centre of the midfield, was buzzing.
The first saw Jane Sixsmith send Sally Gibson into the circle, where her powerful shot cannoned off an upright. Minutes later, Anna Bennett produced a powerful run only for Sixsmith to miss the target.
Germany take over the leadership of their pool, with the United States, surprise winners over the Dutch world champions, in second place.
ENGLAND: J Thompson (Ipswich); J Atkins (Bradford Swithenbank), L Youngs (Ipswich), K Johnson (Balsam Leicester), C Cook (Hightown), S Lister (Ipswich, capt), M Davies (First Personnel Sutton Coldfield), T Miller (Clifton), S Gibson (Trojans), J Sixsmith (First Personnel Sutton Coldfield), A Bennett (Slough). Substitutes used: S Wright (Slough), T Cullen (Hightown), J Smith (Chelmsford).
GERMANY: B Weiss; S Thomaschinski, S Muller, E Hagenbaumer, I Kuhnt, B Becker, M Cremer, T Dickenscheid, H Latzsch, F Hentschel (capt), N Ernsting-Krienke. Substitutes used: V Schmoranzer, I Moller, P Suxdorf, I Merabet.
Umpires: L Crespo (Arg), N Kate (Japan).
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