Germany is enjoying like a title contender, simply on the proper time.
After seeing her crew begin the Girls’s World Cup with a pair of one-goal wins, Germany Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg informed her gamers to maintain the sport easy.
Germany performed to its standing because the world’s second-ranked crew and one of many prime challengers hoping to dethrone america, routing South Africa, 4-0, on Monday in Montpellier, France, to prime Group B with a 3-Zero document. The Germans will play a third-place crew within the spherical of 16, avoiding an instantaneous matchup with the People.
After Germany grinded out 1-Zero wins over China and Spain, its offense broke out with three objectives within the first half at Stade de la Mosson, matching its complete in its earlier 5 World Cup video games mixed.
“I informed my gamers that we should always hold it easy,” Voss-Tecklenburg stated. “The gamers carried out very nicely. They confirmed that soccer can actually be quite simple generally.” She added, “There have been moments throughout the match once we tried to go for the tougher answer. That’s one thing we will work on.”
Displaying a diversified assault, Germany generated a continuing stream of scoring alternatives and will have simply gained by a much bigger margin.
Melanie Leupolz opened the scoring within the 14th minute along with her first purpose for Germany because the 2016 Olympics. Sara Däbritz doubled the lead within the 29th minute from a goalkeeping blunder, Alexandra Popp made it 3-Zero within the 40th, and Lina Magull added the ultimate purpose within the 58th.
NORWAY 2, SOUTH KOREA 1 Norway knocked South Korea out of the event by scoring on two penalties in a 2-1 victory in Reims.
Caroline Graham Hansen scored after 5 minutes, and Isabell Herlovsen beat goalkeeper Kim Min-jung from the spot six minutes into the second half.
Yeo Min-ji transformed within the 78th minute however couldn’t ignite a South Korean comeback.
South Korea went 0-Three in France with one purpose whereas permitting eight. Norway superior to the spherical of 16 because the runner-up in Group A, which was gained by France.
SPAIN 0, CHINA 0 Spain and China performed to a scoreless attract Le Havre that superior each squads to the spherical of 16.
Spain completed second in Group B behind Germany. La Roja superior to the knockout stage for the primary time and can face the winner of Group F on Monday at Reims — probably america if the People win or draw of their ultimate group match in opposition to Sweden.
Defender Celia Jiménez stated it doesn’t matter which crew Spain will face as a result of they’re all good.
“The U.S. has a very highly effective crew. They play a direct sport. They prefer to be harmful, however on the identical time, I feel Sweden is as nicely a very good crew,” she stated. “Additionally they are likely to play direct, so that they type of are comparable groups. I feel Spain is prepared. I feel we all know what we play, our model of play. It’s good, and I don’t suppose it issues who we tackle subsequent.”
China has superior to the knockout stage at every of its seven World Cup appearances. It completed third within the group at 1-1-1.
La Roja’s finest probability got here within the 39th minute, however Peng Shimeng stopped Jennifer Hermoso’s header off a cross from Virginia Torrecilla. China’s goalkeeper additionally fended off a free kick by Alexia Putellas within the 71st.