Rottenberg bows out on a high

Published: Thursday 29 May 2008, 17.45CET
Germany 4-0 Wales
Silke Rottenberg's 126th and last match for Germany ended with a clean sheet and a seventh straight Group 4 win.
Rottenberg bows out on a high
Ariane Hingst is congratulated by Birgit Prinz after the opening goal ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 29 May 2008, 17.45CET

Rottenberg bows out on a high

Germany 4-0 Wales
Silke Rottenberg's 126th and last match for Germany ended with a clean sheet and a seventh straight Group 4 win.

Goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg's last match for Germany ended with a seventh straight Group 4 victory in front of 20,000 spectators at the sold-out Auestadion in Kassel. Rottenberg celebrated a fond farewell with qualification for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ in Finland already assured and she also managed to keep a clean sheet on her 126th appearance.

Early goals
Germany, who will bid for a fifth straight title next summer, set the tone of the match when Fatmire Bajramaj came close to scoring from distance after just six minutes but, three minutes later, Ariane Hingst did open their account after an assist from Birgit Prinz. The creator of the opener squandered a chance to double the lead before 1. FFC Frankfurt team-mate Conny Pohlers did so only three minutes after Hingst's strike. Germany passed up several other promising opportunities but did extend their lead with half an hour played when Annike Krahn was quickest to react to make it 3-0 from close range following a Prinz free-kick.

Chances diminished
After the interval it was still Germany in command but the Welsh defending proved more solid and, with high temperatures also affecting the players, there were fewer chances. Twelve minutes from time, though, substitute Melanie Behringer converted a free-kick to complete the scoring. A couple of minutes later, Rottenberg was substituted for Nadine Angerer prompting the applause of the crowd. "I am pleased," said Germany coach Silvia Neid. "We were agile, we tried and we ran a lot. Of course, I am not pleased with the many sloppy passes in the second half."

Olympic aim
Before starting their preparations for the finals in Finland next summer, Germany's attention will turn to the Olympic women's football tournament in China starting on 6 August. The world champions face a FIFA Women's World Cup final rematch against Brazil followed by Group F fixtures against Nigeria and Korea DPR as the two-time bronze-medallists attempt to win the one major honour that has so far proved elusive. Their training camp begins on 26 June with friendlies to follow against England on 17 July and fellow Olympic hopefuls Norway six days later.

Last updated: 30/05/08 15.52CET

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Lineup

Germany

Germany

Wales

Wales

21Silke Rottenberg (GK)
Substitution83'
1Nicola Davies (GK)
2Kerstin Stegemann2Carla Parfitt
Substitution78'
5Annike Krahn
Goal30'
3Natalie Holt
6Linda Bresonik4Katie Daley
9Birgit Prinz (C)5Emma Jones (C)
17Ariane Hingst
Goal9'
6Sally Wade
18Kerstin Garefrekes
Substitution75'
7Loren Dykes
19Fatmire Bajramaj8Jessica Fishlock
22Navina Omilade9Gwennan Harries
23Conny Pohlers
Goal12'
Substitution46'
10Cheryl Foster
Substitution64'
29Lena Goessling11Natasha Harding
Substitution90'

Substitutes

1Nadine Angerer (GK)
Substitution83'
21Rhian Nokes (GK)
4Babett Peter12Joanne Edwards
Substitution64'
7Melanie Behringer
Substitution75'
Goal77'
14Kala Morgan
Substitution90'
16Martina Müller
Substitution46'
15Sophie Ingle
20Petra Wimbersky16Lauren Townsend
Substitution78'
26Bianca Rech17Yasmin Leung
34Kim Kulig18Erin Vaughan

Coach

Silvia Neid (GER) Adrian Tucker (WAL)

Referee

Rachel Cohen (ISR)

Assistant referees

Tzvia Malca (ISR), Dvir Shimon (ISR)

Fourth official

Katrin Rafalski (GER)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Germany

    Germany

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  • Wales

    Wales

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