Women’s Euro: Germany mates Spain and goes to quarter
Extremely solid and realistic, Germany beat Spain (2-0) on Tuesday, ensuring qualification for the quarter-finals of the Women’s Euro and first place in group B, which prevents them from crossing the road to formidable England before a possible final.
The host country, which will finish first in Group A, has been a scarecrow since it crushed Norway (8-0) on Monday.
Spain will only need a draw against Denmark on the final day of the group next Saturday to have the dreaded honor of challenging the Lionesses.
The Germans will play a game without stake against Finland, already eliminated. In the next round, they will meet Austria or Norway – if the Scandinavians win their last match against the Austrians.
The Germany-Spain score will be less memorable than Monday’s English triumph or even the demonstration of Alexandra Popp’s teammates against Denmark (4-0) on the first day, but the defensive qualities displayed by the Germans against the Spaniards also make them very serious candidates for the title.
“We started pressing very high, which immediately brought us a goal at a very important moment in the match,” said coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. “We put together a team ready to suffer who showed their resilience. We knew we wouldn’t have possession but we wanted to make the best use of transitions and it’s great that it worked so well tactically. “, she continued.
His players never wavered from their composure, protecting their goal very cleanly and conceding very few chances.
– “Separate the result and the performance of the players” –
During the first 45 minutes, there was indeed this wonderful vertical pass from Aitana Bonmati, deflected by Patricia Guijarro in the race of Lucia Garcia who pushed her outside dribble too far against the goalkeeper and only found the side netting (10th). There was also this momentum shot from Caldentey which brushed the skylight (18th) and the superb exit from Merle Frohms at the feet of Garcia on the hour mark.
“We did not achieve our goal which was to win the match, but we have to separate the result and the performance of the players. I am satisfied with the latter. There were two big mistakes that we paid for, but we knows how it is against Germany and I think we created more chances but we didn’t know how to make them happen,” commented Spanish coach Jorge Vilda.
Overall, the outrageous possession of the Spaniards (67%) – after 15 minutes, they had even managed 100 passes against 16 for the Germans – came up against a perfectly sealed and serene block.
Less offensive than against Denmark, the players of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg were however just as effective.
From the 3rd minute Klara Bühl took advantage of a missed pass from goalkeeper Sandra Paños directly in her feet and in the area to hook Irene Paredes and score with a cross shot (1-0).
And shortly before the break, Germany took on Spain, who had scored 3 of their 4 goals against Finland (4-1) with a header, at their own game, scoring from a corner by Alexandra Popp (2- 0).
Beautiful work and a lot of cogitations in perspective for future adversaries who will want to pose problems for the eight-time European champions.
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