The Germany Women’s team began their 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro campaign in style. They opened their tournament with an impressive 4-0 victory over the runners-up of the 2017 edition of the competition. Denmark was the exact team that shocked the Germans in that 2017 European championship by knocking them out of the tournament. This win came in a historic year of comeback victories that already saw the Croatian men’s team claim victory over France for the first time in ten games.
Germany has won an astonishing eight UEFA Women’s European championships, and thus by far holds the record for titles won in that tournament. However, after disappointing showings in the above-mentioned most recent EURO, as well as the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and lacklustre performances in the spring, many experts and fans alike have seen the women’s game in the country on the decline. Some of them even suggested that the team might struggle in such a difficult group as Group B with opponents like Denmark and Spain along with Finland.
Nevertheless, the team and the staff around it have always maintained that while there are many good sides in this tournament, they are among the favourites to win it. Friday night’s victory was definitely a statement win in that regard.
Lina Magull, Lea Schüller, Lena Lattwein and Alexandra Popp scored the goals. The fact that Lattwein and Popp did so coming off the bench also says quite a bit about the team spirit as well.
The side led by coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was largely dominant from start to finish. Denmark was simply unable to cope with the power of the German team. They arguably created more in the first half than in the second, but three of the four goals came after the break.
Denmark and Chelsea Ladies’ star Pernille Harder was almost entirely marked out of the game, which is something that seems like an impossible task on a normal day. One of the other stars on the Danish side Nadia Nadim came off the bench early in the second half and was also unable to create much going forward.
Instead, it was a complete German performance, which saw them go top of the early Group B table, just ahead of the Spaniards, who had beaten Finland 4-1, in a match that was much closer than that score line would indicate. Nonetheless, the Germany Women’s squad would do well not to overhype this win, which is nothing more than the first step toward the quarterfinals.
The Germany Women’s team next faces Spain on Tuesday, in a game which is sure to provide a much sterner test for them than this opening match did.
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