The German women’s national football team is at the World Cup in France on the way to the second round. The team of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg prevailed in the second match of Group B on Wednesday in front of 20 761 spectators in Valenciennes 1: 0 (1-0) against Spain. Sara Dbritz scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute. Even without the injured playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsan, who was missing because of a toe break, the German team remained unbeaten in the fifth meeting against Spain. Goalkeeper Dbritz spoke on ZDF of a “will victory” and added: “Our goal was to be first and with the win against Spain, we are on the right path.” Teammate Svenja Huth said: “We are very happy that we today have retraced the next three points. It was a tough job. “
The second round draw is the two-time world champion after two wins barely take.In the last group match on Monday against the World Cup newcomer South Africa the Olympic champion a point to win the group. Thus, the selection of the German Football Association (DFB) would probably avoid a knockout round against the defending champion and top favorites from the United States.
Voss-Tecklenburg moved to 1-0 in the opening game against China on three positions. Besides Marozsan also missing Carolin Simon and Melanie Leupolz in the starting lineup. New among the first eleven were Verena Schweers, Lena Goessling and Lena Oberdorf. Spain coach Jorge Vilda made two changes to South Africa 3-1, with Nahikari Garca and Silvia Meseguer starting for Amanda Sampedro and Vicky Losada. These two Spaniards had in the initial phase, three good opportunities – but with the help of the German Hintermannschaft.Der record European champion who wants to qualify at the finals for the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, initially offered a frightening picture. The Spaniards, who had problems with South Africa in their first encounter (3: 1), determined the events by early pressing, safe passing game and many changes of position almost at will.
Vote was missing in all areas
The German defensive revealed great weaknesses, Nahikari Garcia should have achieved the lead for the team of coach Jorge Vilda in the 14th minute. Just two minutes later Silvia Meseguer awarded for Spain. Forwards brought the unsettled-looking DFB team, the lack of coordination in all parts of the team, almost nothing. “We did not start well,” said national coach Voss-Tecklenburg, “in this phase, we were really lucky that we have not fallen behind.”
It was not until the middle of the first half that the Germans got a little better. However, more than a few good approaches in the offensive game on the right side were not seen, for real opportunities was not enough. Overall, the playful, technically excellent Spaniards remained the clear better team. The German leadership fell more or less out of nowhere. Dbritz struck the ball after a defended header by captain Alexandra Popp over the goal line.
At the beginning of the second half Alexandra Popp awarded the chance for the second goal (50.). Above all, the replacement of the only 18-year-old Klara Bhl from SC Freiburg for Kathrin Hendrich (Bayern Munich) revived the German game. All in all, the team was much improved compared to the first half. The game remained on the knife edge for much of the second round. The second German goal was just as possible as the equalizer. Nevertheless, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was very satisfied with the increase: “In the second half we did very well.” (Dpa, sid)