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Germany through as Laudehr sinks Italy

Published: Sunday 21 July 2013, 19.50CET
Italy 0-1 Germany
Simone Laudehr's goal ensured Germany repeated their 2009 quarter-final  triumph over the Azzurre and set up a last-four showdown with Sweden.
by Ian Holyman
from Växjö Arena

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ItalyGermany

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts6
 
17
Attempts on target1
 
3
off target4
 
13
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
2
Corners5
 
8
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards5
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
18

Standings

Published: Sunday 21 July 2013, 19.50CET

Germany through as Laudehr sinks Italy

Italy 0-1 Germany
Simone Laudehr's goal ensured Germany repeated their 2009 quarter-final  triumph over the Azzurre and set up a last-four showdown with Sweden.

Germany picked themselves up after their historic loss to Norway on Wednesday to defeat Italy and join hosts Sweden in the semi-finals.

The holders' crown had been tarnished by that first defeat in a UEFA European Women's Championship fixture in 17 years, and though the Azzurre again ran them close, as they had done in Finland four years ago, Simone Laudehr's first-half effort proved enough. As their opponents head home, Germany can now look forward to facing Sweden in Gothenburg on Wednesday in a re-match of the 1995 and 2001 title-deciders.

Germany's last outing in Vaxjo resulted in a 3-0 victory against Iceland that gave an inkling as to the hitherto largely untapped potential of this squad, somewhat more youthful in make-up than the one Italy met four years ago.

Yet it was Laudehr, part of that 2009 selection, who made the biggest impression. After heading over a Célia Okoyino da Mbabi cross, the 1. FFC Frankfurt forward fired goalwards when the Italy back four failed to clear a corner, the ball snaking through a crowd in front of Chiara Marchitelli before finding the net.

Faced with a two-goal deficit in Finland, Italy had clambered back into the game through Partizia Panico. The veteran forward still leads the line of Antonio Cabrini's 4-3-3, and with the Germany defenders focused on the prolific 38-year-old, Elisa Camporese arrived late to get a powerful and only slightly wayward header to Melania Gabbiadini's cross.

A brilliantly improvised Panico flick from a corner, scrambled off the line by Leonie Maier, and Daniela Stracchi's drive, snared authoritatively by Nadine Angerer, meant the Azzurre headed back to the dressing room unbowed.

No doubt with memories of their spirited second-half display of yesteryear in mind, Italy returned with a flourish as Alice Parisi fizzed a volley over the bar. Laudehr, though, showed why she has developed into a key component of Silvia Neid's side in this tournament.

First, she almost doubled the holders' lead, but Marchitelli's brave block meant Cecilia Salvai's slip was not punished. Then successive Laudehr crosses were sent narrowly wide by Da Mbabi and Lena Lotzen, another whom the finals have afforded an opportunity to showcase her talents.

Germany fans might have feared a sense of deja vu after suffering in the closing minutes four years ago. However, though Nadine Kessler could not quite force in a Lotzen corner and then fired the rebound over after Dzsenifer Marozsán's free-kick struck the bar, Italy, this time, had no fight left in them.

Player of the Match: Simone Laudehr (Germany)

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.55CET

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2013/matches/round=2000176/match=2011595/postmatch/report/index.html#laudehr+wins+germany

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Germany

Germany

12
MarchitelliChiara Marchitelli (GK)
1
AngererNadine Angerer (GK) (C)
3
D'AddaRoberta D'Adda
3
BartusiakSaskia Bartusiak
4
TuttinoAlessia Tuttino
Yellow Card27
4
MaierLeonie Maier
8
GabbiadiniMelania Gabbiadini
5
KrahnAnnike Krahn
9
PanicoPatrizia Panico (C)
6
LaudehrSimone Laudehr
Goal26
11
ParisiAlice Parisi
Yellow Card39
Substitution75
8
KesslerNadine Kessler
13
CamporeseElisa Camporese
Substitution46
9
LotzenLena Lotzen
16
BartoliElisa Bartoli
11
MittagAnja Mittag
Substitution52
18
StracchiDaniela Stracchi
Yellow Card87
13
ŠašićCélia Šašić
Substitution68
20
ManieriRaffaella Manieri
15
CramerJennifer Cramer
23
SalvaiCecilia Salvai
Yellow Card63
Substitution69
20
GoesslingLena Goessling

Substitutes

1
PenzoSara Penzo (GK)
12
SchultAlmuth Schult (GK)
22
SchroffeneggerKatia Schroffenegger (GK)
21
BenkarthLaura Benkarth (GK)
2
GamaSara Gama
2
SchmidtBianca Schmidt
5
Di CriscioFederica Di Criscio
Substitution69
Yellow Card90
7
BehringerMelanie Behringer
6
NeboliLaura Neboli
10
MarozsánDzsenifer Marozsán
Substitution52
7
DomenichettiGiulia Domenichetti
14
LindenIsabelle Linden
10
GirelliCristiana Girelli
16
LeupolzMelanie Leupolz
14
IannellaSandy Iannella
Substitution46
17
HenningJosephine Henning
15
MauroIlaria Mauro
Substitution75
18
HuthSvenja Huth
17
RosucciMartina Rosucci
19
AlushiFatmire Alushi
19
BrumanaPaola Brumana
22
WensingLuisa Wensing
21
MottaGiorgia Motta
23
DäbritzSara Däbritz
Substitution68

Coach

Antonio Cabrini (ITA) Silvia Neid (GER)

Referee

Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)

Assistant referees

Judit Kulcsár (HUN), Hege Steinlund (NOR)

Fourth official

Teodora Albon (ROU)

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