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Women's World Cup: Germany thrash South Africa to finish top of group

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Highlights: South Africa 0-4 Germany

Germany punished an error-strewn display from South Africa to finish top of Group B at the Women's World Cup.

The two-time winners had ample chances to win by more than 4-0 against debutants Banyana Banyana, who leave France having failed to earn a point.

Melanie Leupolz headed in the opener, then an awful error by keeper Andile Dlamini gifted Sara Dabritz a tap-in.

Wolfsburg's Alexandra Popp nodded in a third before the break and Lina Magull added another from a yard out.

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Germany, one of the favourites for the title, had only found the net twice in their previous two group games, but against a brittle South African defence they ran riot.

They will now play a third-placed team from either Group A, C or D in Grenoble for a place in the quarter-finals.

South Africa's coach Desiree Ellis will likely have been disappointed with her side's poor first-half display, highlighted when Dlamini flapped at a low cross from Verena Schweers which led to Dabritz's goal.

Her keeper did improve after the break, making a brilliant point-blank save from Dabritz, while pacy substitute striker Thembi Kgatlana was denied a goal in a one-on-one situation by Germany's Almuth Schult.

Final Group B table: 1 - Germany, 2- Spain, 3 - China, 4 - South Africa

'There were things I didn't like'

Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg: "The players performed very well. They showed that football can really be very simple sometimes.

"But there were also things I didn't like so much - coaches are never 100% satisfied - and there were moments within the match when we tried to go for the more difficult solution. That's something we can work on.

"But if I didn't have the confidence my players have the capacity to improve in that respect, I wouldn't be so demanding of them."

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis: "This was always going to be a difficult group, but we felt that if we played well we could get some positive results.

"I felt we deserved more against Spain, but we didn't play as well as we could have against China - and that turned this match into a final.

"Unfortunately, we started poorly, conceded two poor goals and were always on the back foot after that. I felt we panicked a bit in that first half.

"We told the players to calm down and play our brand of football, and they did that in the second half."

In-form Dabritz - stats

  • Germany have never lost their final group match in a Women's World Cup tournament, winning seven of their previous eight such matches (D1 - 3-3 v Brazil in 1999).
  • Germany have kept a clean sheet in all three of their Women's World Cup matches in 2019, as many as in their previous two tournaments combined (2015 and 2011 - three in 11 games).
  • Germany have only lost one of their previous 24 group stage matches at the Women's World Cup (W19 D4). Indeed, they have won on matchday three seven out of eight times (D1), averaging 3.9 goals per game in those matches.
  • Dabritz has scored in successive internationals for Germany for the first time since August 2016 when she scored in three consecutive appearances.
  • Leupolz scored for Germany for the first time in 1,048 days, since netting at the 2016 Olympics against Zimbabwe.

Line-ups

South Africa

  • 16Dlamini
  • 2RamalepeBooked at 53mins
  • 5van Wyk
  • 4Matlou
  • 3VilakaziBooked at 58mins
  • 15Jane
  • 9MthandiSubstituted forKgatlanaat 45'minutes
  • 19BiyanaSubstituted forSmedaat 89'minutes
  • 6Makhabane
  • 21Ndimeni
  • 8FulutudiluSubstituted forMulaudziat 45'minutesBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 1Mpuru
  • 7Dhlamini
  • 10Motlhalo
  • 11Kgatlana
  • 12Seoposenwe
  • 13Mbane
  • 14Makhubela
  • 17Smeda
  • 18Gamede
  • 20Swart
  • 22Mulaudzi
  • 23Holweni

Germany

  • 1Schult
  • 15Gwinn
  • 23Doorsoun
  • 5Hegering
  • 17SchweersSubstituted forSimonat 45'minutes
  • 9HuthSubstituted forDallmannat 59'minutes
  • 18Leupolz
  • 20MagullBooked at 54mins
  • 13Däbritz
  • 11Popp
  • 19BühlSubstituted forSchüllerat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Simon
  • 3Hendrich
  • 4Maier
  • 6Oberdorf
  • 7Schüller
  • 8Goeßling
  • 12Benkarth
  • 14Elsig
  • 16Dallmann
  • 21Frohms
  • 22Knaak
Referee:
Sandra Braz
Attendance:
15,502

Match Stats

Home TeamSouth AfricaAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home6
Away23
Shots on Target
Home1
Away12
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, South Africa 0, Germany 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, South Africa 0, Germany 4.

Attempt saved. Lea Schüller (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Giulia Gwinn.

Attempt missed. Carolin Simon (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Linda Dallmann.

Substitution

Substitution, South Africa. Leandra Smeda replaces Kholosa Biyana.

Alexandra Popp (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Noko Matlou (South Africa).

Attempt missed. Rhoda Mulaudzi (South Africa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mamello Makhabane with a cross.

Offside, South Africa. Thembi Kgatlana tries a through ball, but Rhoda Mulaudzi is caught offside.

Offside, Germany. Sara Däbritz tries a through ball, but Linda Dallmann is caught offside.

Sara Doorsoun (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa).

Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Giulia Gwinn.

Foul by Carolin Simon (Germany).

Rhoda Mulaudzi (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mamello Makhabane.

Offside, Germany. Carolin Simon tries a through ball, but Linda Dallmann is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Rhoda Mulaudzi (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mamello Makhabane.

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

Attempt missed. Janine van Wyk (South Africa) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mamello Makhabane.

Foul by Marina Hegering (Germany).

Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Sara Däbritz (Germany) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lina Magull.

Offside, South Africa. Rhoda Mulaudzi tries a through ball, but Thembi Kgatlana is caught offside.

Foul by Marina Hegering (Germany).

Kholosa Biyana (South Africa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Lea Schüller replaces Klara Bühl.

Booking

Rhoda Mulaudzi (South Africa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marina Hegering (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rhoda Mulaudzi (South Africa).

Attempt blocked. Lina Magull (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Janine van Wyk.

Attempt missed. Marina Hegering (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carolin Simon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Noko Matlou.

Sara Doorsoun (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa).

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Linda Dallmann replaces Svenja Huth.

Goal!

Goal! South Africa 0, Germany 4. Lina Magull (Germany) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Marina Hegering (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carolin Simon.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France33007169
2Norway32016336
3Nigeria310224-23
4South Korea300318-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany33006069
2Spain31113214
3China31111104
4South Africa300318-70

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy22007166
2Brazil21015323
3Australia21014403
4Jamaica200208-80

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22003126
2Japan21102114
3Argentina201101-11
4Scotland200224-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands22004136
2Canada22003036
3Cameroon200214-30
4New Zealand200203-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA2200160166
2Sweden22007166
3Chile200205-50
4Thailand2002118-170
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