However, the match in Edmonton got off to the worst possible start for the reigning European and world champions as goals from Charmaine Hooper and Kara Lang put the hosts 2-0 up after 19 minutes. Germany managed to recover from the shock quickly and four unanswered strikes put them in the driving seat.
Conny Pohlers opened Germany's account after 25 minutes and an Isabelle Morneau own-goal, a delightful Célia Okoyino Da Mbabi volley from the edge of the area and a classic Birgit Prinz finish put the vistors in command 16 minutes from the end.
Martina Franko's goal three minutes from the end gave the hosts hope again, but the European side held on for a second win in three days. "Two individual mistakes saw us fall behind but we managed to lift our game after that and put on a concentrated display," said Neid. "Our attacks were much quicker and our passing was much better after the break."
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