Soccer

England grabs 3rd in Women's World Cup on penalty kick in 1-0 extra-time win over Germany

  • England's Steph Houghton (5) and Germany's Celia Sasic vie for the ball during first-half action of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer game in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    England's Steph Houghton (5) and Germany's Celia Sasic vie for the ball during first-half action of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer game in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • England's goalkeeper Karen Bardsley (1) makes a save against Germany during second-half action of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer third-place match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    England's goalkeeper Karen Bardsley (1) makes a save against Germany during second-half action of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer third-place match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • England's Fara Williams (4) and Germany's Melanie Behringer (7) vie for the ball during first-half action of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer game in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    England's Fara Williams (4) and Germany's Melanie Behringer (7) vie for the ball during first-half action of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer game in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

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.