Germany is taking part in like a title contender, simply on the proper time.
After seeing her group begin the Ladies’s World Cup with a pair of one-goal wins, Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg advised her gamers to maintain the sport easy.
Germany performed to its standing because the world’s second-ranked facet and one of many prime challengers hoping to dethrone america, routing South Africa 4-Zero on Monday to prime Group B with a 3-Zero document. The Germans will play a third-place group within the spherical of 16 as a substitute of the opportunity of an instantaneous matchup with the Individuals.
After Germany grinded out 1-Zero wins over China and Spain, its offense broke out with three objectives within the first half at Montpellier’s Stade de la Mosson, matching its whole in its earlier 5 World Cup video games mixed.
“I advised my gamers that we must always maintain it easy,” Voss-Tecklenburg stated. “The gamers carried out very properly. They confirmed that soccer can actually be quite simple typically. … There have been moments inside the match after we tried to go for the harder resolution. That is one thing we are able to work on.”
Displaying a diversified assault, Germany generated a continuing stream of scoring alternatives and will have simply received by a much bigger margin.
Melanie Leupolz opened the scoring within the 14th minute together with her first objective for Germany for the reason that 2016 Olympics. Sara Däbritz doubled the lead within the 29th minute from a goal-keeping blunder, Alexandra Popp made it 3-Zero within the 40th and Lina Magull added the ultimate objective within the 58th.
“I feel we’re prepared for the spherical of 16,” Däbritz stated. “Our objective was to return in first, and we’re actually comfortable about that.”
South Africa was winless in group play and outscored 8-1. At 49th, South Africa had the bottom rating of the 24 groups within the event.
Spain completed Group B as runner-up after a 0-Zero draw with China and superior to the knockout stage for the primary time. Spain will face the winner of Group F on Monday at Reims, and america can be the opponent with a victory or attract its last group match towards Sweden.
Two-time event champion Germany has not misplaced a match in group play since falling to Sweden in 1995.
“Germany has received tournaments that it began out with difficulties,” Voss-Tecklenburg stated. “It might be nice to have the identical this time. All of the matches will probably be challenges, and I hope we can meet all of them.”
Germany did not miss the playmaking of Dzsenifer Marozsan, who broke a toe in its opener. Voss-Tecklenburg stated she could not assure the Lyon midfielder will probably be prepared for the spherical of 16.
Leupolz put Germany forward when she was left on their lonesome on the sting of the 6-yard field to deftly nod a nook kick into the far nook of the online.
Däbritz made it 2-Zero after a mistake by goalkeeper Andile Dlamini, who turned what gave the impression to be a poor German move into an ideal help.
Left again Verena Schweers’s cross seemed like a simple seize for Dlamini, just for Dlamini to parry the ball proper into the trail of Däbritz, who acquired her second objective of the event.
“We conceded poorly from a set piece and a second objective, as properly, and had been on our again foot from there,” South Africa coach Desiree Ellis stated.
Germany boosted the result in 3-Zero with pure energy. Popp, the group captain, jumped over her marker to drive residence a header.
Magull acquired the fourth objective when she rushed in to complete off a save by Dlamini, who did properly to push a header by Marina Hegering off the publish, solely to see the ball bounce throughout the open goalmouth.
Solely Dlamini’s sharp reflexes saved South Africa from a higher defeat.
“We at all times knew it might be a problem,” Ellis stated. “We’re proud of the efficiency however not the consequence.”