Only 1: 0 victory against Spain: Why the DFB women still stuck in minimalist mode

Only 1: 0 win against Spain
:Why the DFB women are still in minimalist mode

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Long leg reward: Sara Dbritz scores the winning 1-0.

Long leg reward: Sara Dbritz scores the winning 1-0.


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Valenciennes –

Perhaps the change of clothes by Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is best suited to sum up this evening in the northern French Valenciennes for the German women’s national team. Once in the rain jacket, then later in the blazer, the national coach moved with her patschnassen hair in the Stade du Hainaut on the sidelines. Rain and sun formed the appropriate circumstances of the second World Cup group game, which the DFB women against Spain ultimately happy, but not completely undeserved won 1-0 (1-0).

“We have reached our limits,” stated Voss-Tecklenburg. “We also know that we can play better football, but no one takes us these six points.” The 51-year-old pushed the sometimes very ungrunden German appearance on the pressure that would have weighed on the players. “These are empirical values. We now have everything on our feet to prevail. “The goal of Sara Dbritz (43) overpowered some weaknesses on the part of the Olympic champion. What confirmed the matchwinner, who had straddled the ball over the line after a defended header by captain Alexandra Popp. “Football was certainly not the best, but an absolute will performance with high running and combat readiness. We have given everything. “Even Voss-Tecklenburg knows only too well that the minimalist mode against more determined opponents in the knockout phase will hardly be enough, but gave to consider” that other team here had an easier entry into the tournament. ” Defending champion USA and hosts France certainly.

Eighth finals as good as safe

Germany is the first knockout round already to take now only theoretically, in the last game against South Africa (Monday 18 clock / ARD) should be made a hook to the group victory. The coach had ordered Verena Schweers, Lena Sophie Oberdorf and Lena Goessling for Carolin Simon, Melanie Leupolz and the injured Dzsenifer Marozsan in the starting eleven. But without the footballing fixed point, the team failed at first almost everything, especially playful many wishes remained open.

The opponent showed faster action, won almost all important duels and impressed with a sophisticated game system. Partially, the German Elf left an almost helpless impression in many scenes. Nahikari Garcia pulled a free-kick when Almuth Schult’s goalkeeper Almuth Schult hesitated (14). “We have different demands on us. Not a nice game, but if we win every game 1-0, we will be world champion, “said the unaccounted Leupolz afterwards. She had to accept the relinquishment to the bank, quite understand the midfielder of FC Bayern, the measure but not.

Moving to Montpellier

Weak points in the DFB women there were plenty: The full-backs Kathrin Hendrich and Schweers seemed overwhelmed, Leupolz representative Goeling in midfield too slow and even captain Popp found in the storm in the game. Again and again gestured Voss-Tecklenburg on the line and moved early the only 17-year-old Oberdorf in the center to interrupt the Spanish flow of the game. Just such changes the coach later praised, “the players have done so great.”

She had at half-time on the sleepy idea of Hendrich with the substitution of the only 18 -year-old striker Klara Bhl, for each of which Huth and Giulia Gwinn rotated a position backwards. The boss makes high demands on flexibility. At any rate, it was sometimes strangely quiet among the many German supporters among the 20,761 spectators who had taken the short journey across the Belgian border. The second half often drove visitors into boredom by sending a wave through the French second-division side FC Valenciennes. The fact that later Popp, like VfL Wolfsburg, was consolidating the defensive midfielder clarified the German focus against the under-compelling Spaniards: bringing the result over time.

Now there is a move for the DFB team. On Thursday, it’s on the plane from Lille to Montpellier, to bridge the almost 1000 kilometers in north-south direction. Next Monday, the match against South Africa will take place on the Mediterranean coast. Voss-Tecklenburg emphasized that there was no reason to disparage the third group opponent: “We must defeat South Africa and bring everything back to it. That will not be a matter of course. “If necessary, a 1: 0 will be enough.