Final tournament - Group stage (Group B : GER / FRA / NOR / ITA ) - 12/06/2005 - 16:00CET (15:00 local time) - Halliwell Jones - Warrington
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German goals end French dreams

Published: Sunday 12 June 2005, 22.54CET
Germany 3-0 France Three quick-fire goals see Germany qualify as group winners and end French hopes.

Match statistics

GermanyFrance

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

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

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Germany Germany33008089
Norway Norway31116514
France France311145-14
Italy Italy3003412-80
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:20 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Sunday 12 June 2005, 22.54CET

German goals end French dreams

Germany 3-0 France Three quick-fire goals see Germany qualify as group winners and end French hopes.

By Pete Sanderson at Halliwell Jones stadium

A second-half onslaught from defending champions Germany in Warrington left France's dreams of clinching a UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ semi-final place in tatters.

Broken dreams
The French seemed well on course after having the better of the opening hour but collapsed in the closing stages. Inka Grings broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute and Sarah Bouhaddi soon brought down Birgit Prinz in the area, allowing Renate Lingor to double Germany's advantage. Sandra Minnert completed the scoring with a 20-metre free-kick to book a semi-final date with Finland and condemn France to third in the group behind Norway, who beat Italy 5-3 in Preston.

Double change
Germany began their final group game knowing a draw would be enough to confirm them as pool winners. If France were to meet Group A runners-up Finland, they would have to beat the world champions, with a draw booking them second place and a semi-final with Sweden - defeat left their destiny in the hands of Norway 20 kilometres down the road. France coach Elisabeth Loisel signalled her intentions from the start leaving striker Hoda Lattaf on the bench alongside Elise Bussaglia and bringing in midfielders Camille Abily and Louisa Necib as replacements. Germany made just one change from the team which beat Italy 4-0, selecting Inka Grings for knee-injury victim Kerstin Stegemann.

Constant hype
The game began at an invigorating pace, Prinz mustering the first real chance of the afternoon, cutting in from the left before rifling a low shot just wide of Bouhaddi's upright. Despite talk of Germany's invincibility, it was the French who displayed the more hunger and desire in the early exchanges, with Necib's sweetly struck effort forcing Rottenberg to fumble the ball and Sandrine Soubeyrand's raking passes from her position at the heart of the French midfield justifying Loisel's decision to switch to a 4-5-1 formation.

Pohlers denied
It was developing into a titantic tussle with both sides playing arguably the highest standard of football since the tournament began seven days ago. As the game continued at a breathless pace, the Germans retaliated with two glorious chances in quick succession both arriving from pinpoint set-pieces. First a dangerously flighted free-kick from Lingor forced Soubeyrand to head the ball on to her own bar, then Prinz's instinctive shot was fumbled by Bouhaddi but the goalkeeper more than made up for it with two point-blank saves from Conny Pohlers.

Pichon opportunity
With Norway leading Italy 4-1 at half-time, France knew they would clinch that place in the last four if they could hold out for another 45 minutes. It could have been so different had Pichon been more decisive when the ball fell at her feet just one metre from goal but Rottenberg did just enough to put the striker off before smothering the ball. Pichon threatened again soon after, racing clear following a wonderful reverse pass from Sonia Bompastor but this time her stinging shot nestled in the side-netting.

French foiled
As the game wore on the French began to tire and never recovered from Grings's opener, created by Kerstin Garefrekes's cross following a strong run down the right. Germany could relax after Lingor stroked in her penalty, and Minnert completed a magical eleven minutes for the holders by curling in a third which ended France's involvement in England.

Attendance: 3835

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.09CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

France

France

1
RottenbergSilke Rottenberg (GK)
20
BouhaddiSarah Bouhaddi (GK)
4
JonesSteffi Jones
3
ProvostPeggy Provost
6
GringsInka Grings
Goal72
4
GeorgesLaura Georges
9
PrinzBirgit Prinz (C)
5
DiacreCorinne Diacre
10
LingorRenate Lingor
Goal77
Substitution80
6
SoubeyrandSandrine Soubeyrand
11
MittagAnja Mittag
Substitution46
7
Mugneret-BéghéStéphanie Mugneret-Béghé
Substitution32
13
MinnertSandra Minnert
Goal83
8
BompastorSonia Bompastor (C)
16
PohlersConny Pohlers
Substitution46
9
PichonMarinette Pichon
Substitution80
17
HingstAriane Hingst
11
DusangSandrine Dusang
18
GarefrekesKerstin Garefrekes
12
AbilyCamille Abily
19
OmiladeNavina Omilade
Yellow Card20
14
NecibLouisa Necib

Substitutes

3
FussSonja Fuss
Substitution46
1
CapySandrine Capy (GK)
5
GüntherSarah Günther
2
ViguierSabrina Viguier
7
WunderlichPia Wunderlich
Substitution46
10
HerbertCandie Herbert
Substitution80
8
SmisekSandra Smisek
13
CasseleuxAnne-Laure Casseleux
12
HollUrsula Holl (GK)
15
ThomisÉlodie Thomis
14
CarlsonBritta Carlson
Substitution80
16
DevilleCéline Deville (GK)
15
AngererNadine Angerer (GK)
17
KramoMarie-Ange Kramo
Substitution32
Yellow Card35
20
WimberskyPetra Wimbersky
18
LattafHoda Lattaf
19
BussagliaÉlise Bussaglia

Coach

Tina Theune (GER) Elisabeth Loisel (FRA)

Referee

Floarea Babadac (ROU)

Assistant referees

Irina Mirt (ROU), Yolanda Parga Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Wendy Toms (ENG)

Legend:

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