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Prinz leads Germany procession

Published: Friday 10 June 2005, 0.29CET
Italy 0-4 Germany Birgit Prinz becomes Germany's record goalscorer as the title-holders reach the semi-finals.

Match statistics

ItalyGermany

Goals scored0
4
Attempts on target0
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B : GER / FRA / NOR / ITA(Host country: England)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Germany Germany22005056
France France21104224
Norway Norway201112-11
Italy Italy200217-60
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:20 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Friday 10 June 2005, 0.29CET

Prinz leads Germany procession

Italy 0-4 Germany Birgit Prinz becomes Germany's record goalscorer as the title-holders reach the semi-finals.

By Pete Sanderson at Deepdale

Defending champions Germany delivered a finishing masterclass to move top of Group B and end Italy's hopes of progressing to the last four of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™.

Landmark strike
Birgit Prinz opened the scoring in the eleventh minute, clinically dispatching Anja Mittag's elegant back-heel before Conny Pohlers made it two with a right-foot thunderbolt. Stephanie Jones added her name to the scoresheet in the 55th minute before Anja Mittag wrapped it up in the 74th minute after her penalty had been brilliantly saved by Carla Brunozzi. The result, coupled with France's 1-1 draw with Norway later on Thursday, means Germany become the first side to reach the semi-finals.

Leading light
The game had been billed as an unequal contest, with tournament favourites Germany both physically and technically superior to an Italian side short on height and the belief that they could truly topple this powerful German juggernaut. Italy's chances of earning an unlikely victory were further dented when Germany confirmed their leading light Prinz was fit for her first appearance of the finals.

Lone furrow
Italy also made one change to the side which were comprehensively defeated by France in their opening match, the concussed Chiara Gazzoli making way for defender Elena Ficarelli in a new look 4-1-4-1 formation which was clearly designed to add some defensive steel to a lightweight Azzurre side. The switch allowed Sara Di Filippo to protect the back four with Patrizia Panico ploughing a lone furrow up front.

Tactical battle
If Italy were to succeed in earning the point which Carolina Morace believed would provide them with a fighting chance of progress it would have to be the very same tight, tactical contest pioneered by the great Italian sides of yesteryear. As the opening minutes unfolded, however, it became clear Germany had other ideas and immediately began to impose their class on the game with Renate Lingor and Jones both going close.

Prinz class
It was not long before Prinz, their brightest star, took centre stage. The powerful forward ran on to Mittag's adroit back-heel before slotting effortlessly past the despairing dive of Brunozzi for her 84th international goal, making her Germany's all-time leading scorer. As Italy found to their cost against France, when it rains in Preston it truly pours and Brunozzi was again picking the ball out of the net just seven minutes later.

Clever chip
Kerstin Garefrekes earned a free-kick on the left and Lingor rolled it back for Pohlers, who chipped it with the outside of her boot into the roof of Brunozzi's net. Italy had their chances to return fire through Panico and Conti but too often dithered when perhaps they should have let fly.

Mittag strike
Germany returned to their ruthless best in the 55th minute. Britta Carlson sent a fizzing volley goalwards and, with the goalkeeper committed, Jones was on hand to steer it into an empty net. Mittag, who was outstanding throughout, rounded off the win 16 minutes from time, scoring at the second attempt after Brunozzi had pushed her spot-kick against the post to bolster German hopes of a repeating their tournament victory of 2001.

Attendance 1,279

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.11CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Germany

Germany

1
BrunozziCarla Brunozzi (GK)
1
RottenbergSilke Rottenberg (GK)
3
ZorriTatiana Zorri
Substitution75
2
StegemannKerstin Stegemann
Substitution19
4
Di FilippoSara Di Filippo
4
JonesSteffi Jones
Goal55
5
TonaElisabetta Tona
9
PrinzBirgit Prinz (C)
Goal11
9
PanicoPatrizia Panico (C)
10
LingorRenate Lingor
Substitution61
10
CamporeseElisa Camporese
Yellow Card27
11
MittagAnja Mittag
Goal74
Substitution77
11
PasquiIlaria Pasqui
13
MinnertSandra Minnert
13
MasiaGioia Masia
Yellow Card35
14
CarlsonBritta Carlson
15
SchiaviViviana Schiavi
Substitution46
16
PohlersConny Pohlers
Goal18
Yellow Card49
16
FicarelliElena Ficarelli
17
HingstAriane Hingst
18
ContiPamela Conti
Substitution51
18
GarefrekesKerstin Garefrekes

Substitutes

12
CupidoMichela Cupido (GK)
12
HollUrsula Holl (GK)
20
MarchitelliChiara Marchitelli (GK)
15
AngererNadine Angerer (GK)
2
DomenichettiGiulia Domenichetti
Substitution51
6
GringsInka Grings
Substitution19
8
DeianaDamiana Deiana
Substitution46
8
SmisekSandra Smisek
Substitution77
19
BoniValentina Boni
Substitution75
20
WimberskyPetra Wimbersky
Substitution61
6
PerelliGiulia Perelli
3
FussSonja Fuss
14
LanzieriValentina Lanzieri
5
GüntherSarah Günther
17
GabbiadiniMelania Gabbiadini
7
WunderlichPia Wunderlich
19
OmiladeNavina Omilade

Coach

Carolina Morace (ITA) Tina Theune (GER)

Referee

Kari Seitz (USA)

Assistant referees

Andi Regan (NIR), Elke Lüthi (SUI)

Fourth official

Amy Rayner (ENG)

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