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Impressive Germany too hot for Iceland

Published: Sunday 14 July 2013, 23.15CET
Iceland 0-3 Germany
The reigning European champions proved much too strong for Iceland and moved to within a point of the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 knockout stages.
by Ian Holyman
from Växjö Arena

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Match statistics

IcelandGermany

Goals scored0
3
Total attempts3
 
31
Attempts on target1
 
12
off target2
 
12
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
1
Corners1
 
9
Offsides1
 
4
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
12

Standings

Published: Sunday 14 July 2013, 23.15CET

Impressive Germany too hot for Iceland

Iceland 0-3 Germany
The reigning European champions proved much too strong for Iceland and moved to within a point of the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 knockout stages.

A banner at the Växjö Arena read 'Oscar Wilde greets Germany' and after their opening-game draw, coach Silvia Neid had emphasised to her squad the importance of being earnest.

They responded, and though Lena Lotzen's 24th-minute strike was all the reward they received for a virtually flawless first half, Célia Okoyino da Mbabi's double ensured the reigning champions now need just a point from Wednesday's meeting with Norway in Kalmar to move into the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 quarter-finals as Group B winners.

Though Germany's triumph may not quite turn heads in the same manner as Sweden's 5-0 defeat of Finland 24 hours earlier, the only reason the host nation's victory was not trumped was Iceland goalkeeper Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir. After cradling a Dzsenifer Marozsán volley, and with her side wilting under early pressure, the Avaldsnes IL player then brilliantly tipped a Lotzen header onto the bar.

The chance had been created by Marozsán's pinpoint free-kick, and the 1. FFC Frankfurt midfielder proved equally precise in open play soon after, spying and then superbly finding Lotzen bursting down the right. The FC Bayern München midfielder stepped inside a challenge before measuring a low shot which, this time, was too good for Gunnarsdóttir.

An indication of the significant upgrade in class from their opening display was the step out of the limelight taken by Nadine Angerer, who must have appreciated the work of her opposite number, even if it meant Germany had only the most fragile of half-time leads.

They would have had a greater cushion, however, but Gunnarsdóttir flew low to her left to halt Okoyino da Mbabi's volley before adding another breathtaking stop to an Oscar-winning first-half highlight reel.

Gunnarsdóttir was unable to stem the tide entirely, though. Okoyino da Mbabi's prodigious tally of 17 qualifying goals was evidence enough of her finely tuned predatory qualities, which came to the fore again when Gunnarsdóttir parried Leonie Maier's drive into her path, enabling the forward to double her team's lead.

Unable to direct Marozsán's clipped cross on target after stealing in front of her marker, she then repeated the move to touch in substitute Fatmire Bajramaj's cross from close range – and secure the sort of scoreline Germany's enterprise deserved.

Player of the Match: Célia Okoyino da Mbabi

Last updated: 07/10/14 3.35CET

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2013/matches/round=2000175/match=2010720/postmatch/report/index.html#germany+iceland

Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Germany

Germany

13
G. GunnarsdóttirGudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir (GK)
1
AngererNadine Angerer (GK) (C)
4
ViggósdóttirGlódís Viggósdóttir
3
BartusiakSaskia Bartusiak
5
GísladóttirHallbera Gísladóttir
4
MaierLeonie Maier
6
MagnúsdóttirHólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir
5
KrahnAnnike Krahn
7
GunnarsdóttirSara Bjork Gunnarsdóttir
Substitution60
8
KesslerNadine Kessler
8
JónsdóttirKatrín Jónsdóttir (C)
Yellow Card72
9
LotzenLena Lotzen
Goal24
Substitution64
9
M. VidarsdóttirMargrét Lára Vidarsdóttir
10
MarozsánDzsenifer Marozsán
Substitution74
10
LárusdóttirDóra Maria Lárusdóttir
13
ŠašićCélia Šašić
Goal55
Goal84
14
BrynjarsdóttirDagný Brynjarsdóttir
Substitution46
15
CramerJennifer Cramer
Yellow Card53
16
ThorsteinsdóttirHarpa Thorsteinsdóttir
16
LeupolzMelanie Leupolz
22
HönnudóttirRakel Hönnudóttir
20
GoesslingLena Goessling
Substitution70

Substitutes

1
HelgadóttirThóra Helgadóttir (GK)
21
BenkarthLaura Benkarth (GK)
12
SigurdardóttirSandra Sigurdardóttir (GK)
12
SchultAlmuth Schult (GK)
2
AtladóttirSif Atladóttir
2
SchmidtBianca Schmidt
3
Ó. VidarsdóttirÓlína Vidarsdóttir
Substitution60
6
LaudehrSimone Laudehr
Substitution70
11
ÓmarsdóttirKatrín Ómarsdóttir
Substitution46
Substitution70
7
BehringerMelanie Behringer
15
A. KristjansdóttirAnna Bjork Kristjansdóttir
11
MittagAnja Mittag
Substitution74
17
E. VidarsdóttirElisa Vidarsdóttir
14
LindenIsabelle Linden
18
ÓdinsdóttirGudný Björk Ódinsdóttir
Substitution70
17
HenningJosephine Henning
19
FridriksdóttirFanndís Fridriksdóttir
18
HuthSvenja Huth
20
T. JónsdóttirThórunn Jónsdóttir
19
AlushiFatmire Alushi
Substitution64
21
Sof. GunnarsdóttirSoffia Gunnarsdóttir
22
WensingLuisa Wensing
23
JensenElín Jensen
23
DäbritzSara Däbritz

Coach

Sigurdur Eyjolfsson (ISL) Silvia Neid (GER)

Referee

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Assistant referees

Tonja Paavola (FIN), Helen Karo (SWE)

Fourth official

Monika Mularczyk (POL)

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