London (AP) - In front of 77,768 spectators at Wembley Stadium, Germany's women's national team celebrated a conciliatory year-end.
The selection of the German Football Association won on Saturday in London the prestige duel with the World Cup Fourth England after a convincing performance 2: 1 (1: 1). Captain Alexandra Popp (9th minute) and Klara Bühl (90th) scored the goals for the team of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. Ellen White scored for the interim 1: 1 (44th).
Shortly before that, German goalkeeper Merle Frohms had spectacularly blocked a self-inflicted penalty by Nikita Parris (36 '). Although the announced European record with 90,000 tickets sold was clearly missed - in wet, cold and dirty weather some places in the arena were empty. But even without a high score, the spectators enjoyed a spectacular and until the end entertaining game with a deserved victory - for the German team after the quarter-finals at the World Cup in France and the playful participation in the Olympics a courage.
Especially in the initial phase and with the final offensive, the DFB women showed their strongest game this year. As a "gift for every player" and "absolute highlight" Voss-Tecklenburg had designated the 26th duel with an English selection.
With a gray wool cap on his head, the 51-year-old pursued the strong start of her team in the finest British bad weather on the sidelines. The Olympic champion seemed rather inspired by the impressive atmosphere rather intimidated.
Already in the 3rd minute Popp had the chance to lead, but failed at the crossbar. Six minutes later, the attacker of the double winner VfL Wolfsburg then overcame the English goalkeeper Mary Earps with a header on the flank of Kathrin Hendrich.
A strong sign both teams had set before the kick-off, by running with so-called Poppy armbands. With the motif of red poppy flowers on a black background, both teams remembered the victims of wars and armed conflicts. Noteworthy then was the appearance on the lawn. Both teams played the game like a competitive match. Sara Doorsoun could also have seen red for a tough start with a stretched foot against Beth Mead.
Lena Oberdorf (17) and Klara Bühl (21/24) had the chance to make it 2-0, but then the German goalkeeper Frohms suddenly came into the spotlight. The representative of the still injured Almuth Schult fouled Mead, who had run after a steep pass alone on them parried the legitimate penalty but with a combined parade of hand and foot. Powerless was the Freiburg then but in compensation from strongly off-suspicious position.
After the change, the again convincing center-back Oberdorf had to stay out with thigh complaints, for the 17-year-old came the twelve-year-old Martina Hegering. The game continued to offer the highest entertainment value, the audience celebrated with the wave and drove above all her team again and again loudly forward. In the final minute Bühl then let the fans fall silent.
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