The German national women's team is on their way to the Round of 16 at the Football World Cup in France. 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 Däbritz 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.
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 García and Silvia Meseguer starting for Amanda Sampedro and Vicky Losada.
These two Spaniards had three good opportunities in the opening stages, albeit with the help of the German back line. In a spirited game, the Germans had their first notable goal shot by Giulia Gwinn in the 17th minute, to the first good chance, it took about ten minutes longer: A cross from Schweers cleared the Spanish goalkeeper Sandra Panos just before the ready-Svenja Huth ,
In contrast to the German team, the Spaniards managed again and again to provide with long balls for danger in front of the German goal, where keeper Almuth Schult but radiates much peace and security.
The German team then had to thank Däbritz for the decisive lead shortly before the break. After a header by Alexandra Popp pressed the player of FC Bayern Munich the ball in a duel over the line.
It was also in the second round momentum. Nahikari García headed just past, but was just offside. Then Popp failed on the other side also by the head. In the 62nd minute Panos parried a shot from substitute Klara Bühl. In return, Schweers braked a Spanish attack in the last second with a foul and was lucky that the referee did not evaluate the action as an emergency brake.
The German team will play their last group match on Monday (6pm) in Montpellier against South Africa. At the same time, China and Spain are facing each other in Le Havre. (AP)