Germany first to Finland

Published: Wednesday 7 May 2008, 15.45CET
Belgium 0-5 Germany
Germany have become the first team to qualify for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ in Finland.
Germany first to Finland
Helene Jacques of Belgium (left) tussles with Birgit Prinz ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 7 May 2008, 15.45CET

Germany first to Finland

Belgium 0-5 Germany
Germany have become the first team to qualify for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ in Finland.

Germany have become the first team to qualify for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ next summer in Finland following a 5-0 Group 4 defeat of Belgium.

Dominant display
Silvia Neid's team led by a single Conny Pohlers goal at the break, but stepped up a gear after the restart in Eupen with two strikes from Kerstin Garefrekes either side of a second from Pohlers and a Linda Bresonik goal confirming Germany's dominance. The result means the holders, aiming for a fifth straight title, maintain their 100 per cent record in Group 4 – a section they have won with two matches still to play.

Missing players
Despite the absence of Renate Lingor, Martina Müller, Lena Goessling and Célia Okoyino da Mbabi because of injury, Germany were in control from the outset and had their first chance to take the lead on nine minutes when a Birgit Prinz effort went narrowly wide. However, Pohlers went one better on eleven minutes later when she got on the end of a free-kick from Melanie Behringer.

Goal spree
Germany then put the result and their qualification beyond doubt with three further goals between the 45th and 60th minutes. Seven minutes after the restart, Garefrekes scored her first, before Pohlers claimed her second of the match with a shot which struck the crossbar and rebounded off the back of Belgium goalkeeper Gave Van Pouke and into the net. Belgium did not know what had hit them, and just sixty seconds later Garefrekes scored her second.

Remaining fixtures
Bresonik then put the icing on an impressive performance by firing past Van Pouke 12 minutes from time. Germany face Wales next on 29 May before rounding off their qualification campaign against Switzerland in October. Belgium go to the Netherlands on 29 September hoping victory will take them into the play-offs.

Last updated: 08/05/08 10.37CET

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Lineup

Belgium

Belgium

Germany

Germany

2Maud Coutereels1Nadine Angerer (GK)
10Niki De Cock3Saskia Bartusiak
Substitution46'
11Inge Heiremans
Substitution77'
7Melanie Behringer
Substitution46'
4Heleen Jaques6Linda Bresonik
Goal78'
8Femke Maes (C)18Kerstin Garefrekes
Goal52'
Goal59'
3Annelies Timmermans17Ariane Hingst
5Tina Vanderauwera5Annike Krahn
1Gave Van Poucke (GK)23Conny Pohlers
Goal20'
Goal58'
9Kristel Verelst
Substitution87'
9Birgit Prinz (C)
6Aline Zeler
Substitution46'
2Kerstin Stegemann
13Janice Cayman14Simone Laudehr
Substitution70'

Substitutes

14Audrey Demoustier25Isabelle Bachor
7Elke Meers19Fatmire Bajramaj
Substitution46'
17Berit Stevens11Anja Mittag
Substitution70'
18Davina Philtjens
Substitution77'
22Navina Omilade
15Marjorie De Rammelaere
Substitution87'
24Jennifer Zietz
Substitution46'
16Anneleen Segers
Substitution46'
21Silke Rottenberg (GK)
12Sofie Van Houtven (GK)33Célia Okoyino da Mbabi

Coach

Anne Noë (BEL) Silvia Neid (GER)

Referee

Floarea Ionescu (ROU)

Assistant referees

Irina Mirt (ROU), Speranta Victoria Popescu (ROU)

Fourth official

Virginie Derouaux (BEL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Belgium

    Belgium

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  • Germany

    Germany

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