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Sunday, 28 July 2013 17:02

Germany win Women’s Euro 2013

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Germany managed a sixth successive European Championship and beat a determined Norway team 0-1 in Stockholm.

Betting on the game was tense, especially during the game as Germany’s goalkeeper Nadine Angerer had to save two penalties in each half to help ensure the win. Punter would have thought that Germany would struggle with so many player injured, but it just goes to show what a solid youth set up they have in place, as their youngsters put on a great show and worked well with established players like goalkeeper Angerer.

Overall in the tournament, Germany have not been the goal scoring team they usually are, with only six goals in the European Championship, and together with some lacklustre performances, Norway would have fancied their chances against the title holders. In addition, Norway were winners against Germany in the group stage, and that should have given the players the confidence required to go on win the finals.

However, this was not to be. The game was filled with incidents, as from the first minute Norway’s goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth had to deflect a shot onto the bar from a Kessler header. Apart from the two Norwegian penalties saved by Angerer, Germany did have their chances as well, with striker Celia da Mbabi going just wide from a corner. In the end, the Germans took their chance as their substitute Anja Mittag scored the only goal of the game. It was from a good attack down the left flank where Da Mbabi supplied the right ball to Anja Mittag to score, and prove the substitution was the right move from the German manager.

The Germans have now won every tournament since 1993, and have definitely earned the respect of their peers and are deserved champions. Their dominance does not seem likely to diminish if their young players performance in this European Championship Finals is anything to go by. They will most definitely be up to the task in the next four years!