Germany 2-0 Spain: Eight-time winners through to quarter-finals
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
First-half goals from Klara Bühl and Alexandra Popp did for Spain and sent Germany through to the last eight as Group B winners.
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Germany are through to the UEFA Women's EURO 2022 quarter-finals as Group B winners after a consummate 2-0 win against Spain in London.
3' Bühl seizes on lax clearance to open scoring
10' Lucía García through but hits side netting
37' Popp header doubles Germany's lead
71' Frohms pulls off fine save to deny Caldentey
Match in brief: Clinical Germany make Spain pay
Spain were eye-catchingly neat on the ball for much of the game, but it was an early lapse from goalkeeper Sandra Paños which allowed Klara Bühl to open the scoring. The Bayern forward showed excellent control and composure before firing into the bottom corner.
Lucía García might have registered a swift equaliser when through on goal, but she ran out of angle having rounded Merle Frohms and shot into the side netting.
Germany were content to cede possession, strangling the Spanish threat when required, and were characteristically clinical when given half a sight of goal. Alexandra Popp had no more than that 37 minutes in, expertly craning her neck to head in from a corner.
Though the game followed a similar pattern after the break, it was not until 20 minutes from time that Spain showed a cutting edge. Mariona Caldentey was the beneficiary of a delightful chipped pass on that occasion, her side-footed volley destined for the net only for Frohms to tip the ball over.
Player of the Match: Marina Hegering (Germany)
"She led Germany's solid defensive line by example against a very good Spanish attack. Excellent in and out of possession, she proved to be calm and composed at key moments. Another quality performance."
UEFA Technical Observer panel
Anna-Sophia Vollmerhausen, Germany reporter
Any suggestion that first game against Denmark was a fluke will have been banished by this performance. Clinical when it counted, Germany played with focus, composure and the team spirit that has been on show so often down the years.
Simon Hart, Spain reporter
Germany are not a team who need a favour, yet Spain did them just that with the opening goal which put them on the back foot immediately. Jorge Vilda's team played good football and had their chances, with Caldentey drawing a terrific save from Frohms, but ultimately they paid for a defensive error and the lack of a clinical touch. The wait for a win over Germany goes on.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Germany coach: "I was fighting together with the team from the touchline. I may not have run as much as they did, but I was also giving it my all."
Klara Bühl, Germany goalscorer: "We're very happy to have taken all three points. We've won our group and have achieved our first goal. We're very happy and proud."
Giulia Gwinn, Germany defender: "I think it was exactly the kind of game we had expected and also hoped for, between two high-quality sides that want to control the game."
Jorge Vilda, Spain coach: "I hope this will help us for the next game and for the future. We have to prepare ourselves mentally. After the goal, we may have played our best 30 minutes."
Irene Paredes, Spain captain: "It was a big mistake and it can't happen against a big team like Germany. [But] it happens, it's football."
- Germany have extended their 100% record of qualifying from Women's EURO group stages, having done so at all seven editions since the round was introduced in 1997.
- Germany have won all 25 Women's EURO matches in which they have scored two goals or more.
- Germany have kept 15 clean sheets in the 20 Women's EURO group stage matches they have played.
- Alexandra Popp became the second Germany player to score in her first two Women's EURO outings, matching Conny Pohlers' feat in 2005.
- Bühl has scored five goals in her last four international appearances.
- Thirteen of the 17 Women's EURO goals Spain have conceded have come in the first half.
- Spain are still searching for a first win against Germany, their record in seven meetings between the sides reading D3 L4.
Germany: Frohms; Gwinn, Hegering, Hendrich, Rauch (Kleinherne 62); Oberdorf, Däbritz (Dallmann 72), Magull (Lattwein 46); Huth, Popp (Wassmuth 62), Bühl (Brand 87)
Spain: Paños; Batlle, Paredes, Mapi León, Ouahabi; Aitana Bonmati, Aleixandri (Del Castillo 70), Guijarro; S. García (Cardona 70), L. García (Pina 62), Caldentey (Guerrero 84)
Group B concludes on Saturday, with Germany up against Finland in Milton Keynes and Spain meeting Denmark in London. Spain need just a point to reach the quarter-finals, but will be out with a defeat.