FIFA World Cup: Germany vs Spain in minimalist mode 2

FIFA World Cup: Germany vs Spain in minimalist mode

German footballers also won a 1-0 win against Spain. Voss-Tecklenburg: "We have reached our limits".

Maybe Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's spare clothes are best placed to sum up tonight in Valenciennes, in northern France, the German Women's National Team. Once in the rain jacket, then later in the blazer, the national coach was moved with his hair patschnassen in the Hainaut Stadium, away. The rain and the sun formed the right circumstances for the second Group World Cup match, which finally delighted the DFB footballers against Spain, but which was not totally undeserved with a victory from 1-0 (1-0).

"We have reached our limits," said Voss-Tecklenburg. "We also know that we can play football better, but no one takes these six points." The 51 year old player insisted on the appearance, sometimes very crude, of the German on the pressure that would have weighed on the players. "These are empirical values, we now have everything ready to go." The goal of Sara Däbritz (43) has masked some of the Olympic champion's weaknesses. This confirmed the winner, who had ridden the ball above the line after a header defended by captain Alexandra Popp. "Football was certainly not the best, but a performance of absolute will with a high level of ground clearance and combat skill, we have given it all." Even Voss-Tecklenburg knows full well that the minimalist mode against more determined opponents in the elimination phase will not be enough, but he felt that "the other teams here have had an easier entry into the tournament". The defending champion of the United States and welcomes France certainly

Eighth final and safe

Germany is the first qualifying round to be taken only theoretically. In the last match against South Africa (Monday at 18:00 / ARD), we must hang the victory of the group. The coach had coached Carolin Simon, Lena Sophie Oberdorf and Lena Goessling for Carolin Simon, Melanie Leupolz and injured Dzsenifer Marozsan in the starting lineup. But without the fixed point of football, the team first failed at first, especially many fun desires remained open.

The opponent showed a faster action, won almost all the important duels and impressed by a sophisticated game system. In part, German elf has left an almost helpless impression in many scenes. Nahikari Garcia gives off a free kick when Almuth Schult goalkeeper Almuth Schult hesitates (14). "We have different demands, it's not a good match, but if we win every game 1-0, we'll be world champions," said Leupolz, not counted. She had to accept the assignment at the bank, well understand the FC Bayern midfielder, the measure but not.

The weaknesses of the Germans were numerous: the side defenders Kathrin Hendrich and Schweers seemed overwhelmed, the representative of Leupolz Goeßling in the middle of the field too slow and even Captain Popp did not find a match in the storm. Again and again, Voss-Tecklenburg made gestures on the line and early moved the only 17-year-old Oberdorf to the center to interrupt the match in Spain. The coach then praised these changes: "The players have been great."

At half-time, she had reacted to Hendrich's drowsy idea by substituting the only 18-year-old striker, Klara Bühl, for the reverse position of Huth and Giulia Gwinn. The boss requires a lot of flexibility. In any case, he was sometimes strangely silent among the many German fans among the 20,761 spectators who had made the short trip across the Belgian border.

The second part often caused the boredom of the visitors by sending a wave in the FC Valenciennes, in the second French division. The fact that later Popp, like VfL Wolfsburg, was consolidating the defensive midfielder clarified Germany's position on the underconvincing Spaniards: bring the result over time.

There is now a movement for the DFB team. Thursday, he embarks on the plane linking Lille to Montpellier to travel nearly 1000 kilometers. Next Monday, the match against South Africa will take place on the Mediterranean coast. National coach Voss-Tecklenburg stressed that there was no reason to downplay the opponent of the third group: "We have to defeat South Africa and bring everything back to The surface will not be obvious. "If necessary, a 1: 0 will be enough.

(By Frank Hellmann)