Qualifying group stage (Group 2) - 24/11/2011 - 20:30CET (20:30 local time) - Estadio Municipal Escribano Castilla - Motril
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Spain 'honoured' to end Germany run

Published: Friday 25 November 2011, 12.21CET
Ignacio Quereda enjoyed "a landmark result" after Spain became the first team in 38 EURO matches to avoid defeat against Germany, Silvia Neid praising their "gifted" opponents.
Spain 'honoured' to end Germany run
Spain celebrate at the final whistle in Motril ©Bongarts
 

Match statistics

SpainGermany

Goals scored2
 
2
Goal attempts3
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
10
Corners1
 
3
Fouls committed10
 
26
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/02/2013 03:58 CET

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Matches

Published: Friday 25 November 2011, 12.21CET

Spain 'honoured' to end Germany run

Ignacio Quereda enjoyed "a landmark result" after Spain became the first team in 38 EURO matches to avoid defeat against Germany, Silvia Neid praising their "gifted" opponents.

It was hardly surprising long-serving Spain coach Ignacio Quereda called their 2-2 UEFA Women's EURO 2013 qualifying draw with Germany "a landmark result" considering how long it had been since the continent's supreme force was last pegged back.

Since a 4-4 draw with Italy in November 1999, Germany had gone on a run of 38 UEFA European Women's Championship victories, including the three most recent of their five straight titles. That game in Isernia was also the most recent occasion that Germany dropped points in any qualifier, 36 matches in all.

Spain, who like Germany had a 100% record in Group 2 up until Thursday's game in Motril, were two down at half-time, but Verónica Boquete brilliantly pulled one back with 23 minutes to go and in added time Priscilla Borja set up fellow substitute Willy to equaliser. With the return in Germany to come on 31 March, Spain are three points clear and have a real chance of qualifying for only the second time, having made the 1997 semi-finals, when Quareda was already nine years into his long reign.

"This is a landmark result for us and allows us to go into our next game – which is against Germany again – challenging for first place in the group," said Quareda. "It's also a great honour that in a qualification game, our team has managed to bring Germany's winning run to an end.

"Above all though, I am very proud of my players who not only knew how to stand up to their opponents but also managed to come back from being [2-0] behind. The key to tonight for us was pushing the lines forward which was when we began to win in terms of anticipating what they would do while also creating more danger."

The result brings an end to a year for Germany that begun with much hope ahead of the home FIFA Women's World Cup, but has ended with this rare slip having already lost their global title in the quarter-finals to Japan, meaning they will not compete in next summer's Olympics.

"This match is proof just how much women's football has developed," coach Sivia Neid said. "Spain are a technically gifted team who are also capable of giving everything they have for 90 minutes. They never let go against us, they have made the best out of their opportunities and were rewarded for that late in the game.

"The competition at the top is getting stronger, which makes competitions more exciting. Our expectations for ourselves are still very high. We want to be among the top teams in the world. But we have not had a bad year, out of 13 matches we won 11, drew one and lost one – unfortunately it was the wrong one."

Last updated: 25/11/11 12.45CET

Related information

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/matches/season=2013/round=2000256/match=2007784/postmatch/report/index.html#spain+enjoy+landmark+result

Lineup

Spain

Spain

Germany

Germany

1Ainhoa Tirapu (GK)1Nadine Angerer (GK) (C)
4Miriam Diéguez2Bianca Schmidt
5Ruth García
Goal30
3Saskia Bartusiak
Substitution46
8Sonia
Substitution89
4Babett Peter
9Verónica Boquete
Goal57
Yellow Card66
6Simone Laudehr
10Adriana
Substitution90+4
7Melanie Behringer
11Sandra (C)
Yellow Card54
9Alexandra Popp
12Marta Corredera
Substitution85
13Célia Okoyino da Mbabi
Substitution80
15Silvia Meseguer17Viola Odebrecht
Yellow Card51
17Elisabeth Ibarra19Fatmire Bajramaj
Yellow Card66
18Marta Torrejón20Lena Goessling
Goal27

Substitutes

13María José Pons (GK)12Almuth Schult (GK)
2Vicky Losada
Substitution90+4
5Annike Krahn
Substitution46
6Alexandra10Dzsenifer Marozsán
7Willy
Substitution89
Goal90+1
11Anja Mittag
16Amaia Olabarrieta15Verena Faisst
19Priscila Borja
Substitution85
16Martina Müller
Substitution80
20Irene Paredes18Svenja Huth

Coach

Ignacio Quereda (ESP) Silvia Neid (GER)

Referee

Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

Assistant referees

Natalia Rachynska (UKR), Kateryna Zora (UKR)

Fourth official

Maria Luisa Gutierrez (ESP)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Spain

    Next match played Women's EURO: v Germany, 31 March 2012, 5-0
  • Germany

    Next match played Women's EURO: v Turkey, 15 February 2012, 0-5
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