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Women's World Cup: Germany Women 1-0 China Women

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Women's World Cup 2019: Germany begin campaign with 1-0 win over China

Teenager Giulia Gwinn scored on her first competitive appearance for Germany as they made a winning start to their 2019 Women's World Cup campaign against China.

Ranked second, Germany were frustrated for long parts of the game by the Steel Roses in the Group B match in Rennes.

Yang Li hit the post for China after Germany's Carolin Simon struck the bar before the only goal of the game.

Midfielder Gwinn, 19, fired home from the edge of the penalty area.

However, Olympic champions Germany were far from their best in front of a crowd of 15,283 at Roazhon Park.

China's Yang wasted two great chances before Freiburg's Gwinn scored her second senior international goal.

Much to ponder for Voss-Tecklenburg

This was Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's first competitive game in charge of Germany and she will know she has much to do if her side are to repeat their 2003 and 2007 World Cup triumphs following an unconvincing performance in Brittany.

China, 14 places below their opponents in the world rankings, created the better chances and if Yang had been more clinical it could have been a different outcome.

Having made a strong start, Germany were caught when China counter-attacked but Gu Yasha's pass to Yang ended up in the side-netting.

China's star player Wang Shuang - nicknamed 'Lady Messi' after Barcelona's highly-decorated men's forward Lionel Messi - surprisingly started on the bench but the 2015 quarter-finalists coped ably without the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

Yang spurned another glorious chance with a shot which hit a post after another counter-attack as Germany struggled to impose their authority.

Top scorers in Uefa qualifying for the finals, the Germans were heading for a frustrating goalless draw when Gwinn, whose first eight caps had all been in friendlies, punished China for failing to clear a corner.

Germany finished the game with midfielder Lena Oberdorf on the pitch. Aged 17 years 171 days, she is the youngest German player to play at the Women's World Cup.

Player of the match - Giulia Gwinn (Germany)

Giulia Gwinn
Giulia Gwinn (second right) came to her side's rescue and in doing so became the third teenager to score for Germany in Fifa Women's World Cup history

'We are not the same level as Germany' - what they said

Germany boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg: "It's great that Giulia Gwinn got better and better in the match and it's definitely very important that the young players played this very difficult match.

"Now they have the experience and know what it's like to play a World Cup match with all the difficulties that brings.

"It's very good that Gwinn scored the goal, it gave her a lot of confidence and she showed what she's capable of doing."

Germany scorer Giulia Gwinn: "It's obviously special to start the World Cup by scoring a goal like that.

"It will give me a lot of confidence, but the most important thing is to have got the three points."

China boss Jia Xiuquan:

"We did well in our attacking and defensive work, we just need to keep working on it.

"There was a lot of pressure on our defence, and in our attack we created opportunities. All of this is what we worked on in training and today this was reflected on the pitch.

"We need to do much more. Compared to Germany we are not at the same level, but it does not mean we cannot fight."

Germany end World Cup goal drought - the stats

  • Giulia Gwinn's goal ended a run of five hours and 11 minutes without a goal for Germany - their worst-ever run without scoring at the Fifa Women's World Cup.
  • This was only China's second defeat in their opening Women's World Cup game, although both defeats have come in the last two tournaments.
  • Germany have now won seven of their eight opening games at Women's Wold Cups.
  • This was only China's fourth defeat in 14 meetings with European opposition.
  • Germany are joint-highest scorers in Women's World Cup history on 112 goals, level with United States.

What's next?

Germany head to Valenciennes where they will face Spain on Wednesday (17:00 BST) while China take on South Africa on Thursday (20:00) in Paris.

Line-ups

Germany

  • 1Schult
  • 3Hendrich
  • 5Hegering
  • 23Doorsoun
  • 2SimonSubstituted forOberdorfat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 15Gwinn
  • 10Marozsán
  • 18LeupolzSubstituted forMagullat 63'minutes
  • 13Däbritz
  • 9HuthSubstituted forSchüllerat 86'minutes
  • 11Popp

Substitutes

  • 4Maier
  • 6Oberdorf
  • 7Schüller
  • 8Goeßling
  • 12Benkarth
  • 14Elsig
  • 16Dallmann
  • 17Schweers
  • 19Bühl
  • 20Magull
  • 21Frohms
  • 22Knaak

China

  • 12Peng
  • 6Han
  • 5Wu
  • 3Lin
  • 2LiuBooked at 50mins
  • 4LouSubstituted forTanat 33'minutes
  • 20Zhang
  • 21YaoSubstituted forWangat 45'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 17Gu
  • 9YangBooked at 44minsSubstituted forSongat 69'minutes
  • 11WangBooked at 12mins

Substitutes

  • 1Xu
  • 7Wang
  • 8Li
  • 10Li
  • 13Wang
  • 14Wang
  • 15Song
  • 16Li
  • 18Bi
  • 19Tan
  • 22Luo
  • 23Liu
Referee:
Marie-Soleil Beaudoin
Attendance:
15,283

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamChina
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Germany 1, China PR 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Germany 1, China PR 0.

Corner, China PR. Conceded by Sara Doorsoun.

Corner, China PR. Conceded by Lena Oberdorf.

Offside, Germany. Lena Oberdorf tries a through ball, but Lea Schüller is caught offside.

Lena Oberdorf (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wang Shuang (China PR).

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Lea Schüller replaces Svenja Huth.

Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tan Ruyin (China PR).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Almuth Schult (Germany).

Attempt missed. Zhang Rui (China PR) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Lena Oberdorf (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lena Oberdorf (Germany).

Wang Shuang (China PR) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Giulia Gwinn (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dzsenifer Marozsán.

Kathrin Hendrich (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liu Shanshan (China PR).

Offside, Germany. Dzsenifer Marozsán tries a through ball, but Svenja Huth is caught offside.

Kathrin Hendrich (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wang Shanshan (China PR).

Attempt saved. Sara Däbritz (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Svenja Huth (Germany) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sara Däbritz.

Foul by Sara Däbritz (Germany).

Song Duan (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Wang Shuang (China PR) is shown the yellow card.

Lina Magull (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wu Haiyan (China PR).

Substitution

Substitution, China PR. Song Duan replaces Yang Li.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1, China PR 0. Giulia Gwinn (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Tan Ruyin.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Lina Magull replaces Melanie Leupolz.

Melanie Leupolz (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yang Li (China PR).

Hand ball by Alexandra Popp (Germany).

Attempt blocked. Sara Däbritz (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lena Oberdorf.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Zhang Rui.

Attempt blocked. Alexandra Popp (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Marina Hegering (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France11004043
2Norway11003033
3Nigeria100103-30
4South Korea100104-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain11003123
2Germany11001013
3China100101-10
4South Africa100113-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Australia00000000
2Brazil00000000
3Italy00000000
4Jamaica00000000

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina00000000
2England00000000
3Japan00000000
4Scotland00000000

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon00000000
2Canada00000000
3Netherlands00000000
4New Zealand00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chile00000000
2Sweden00000000
3Thailand00000000
4USA00000000
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