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Team performance secures Germany win vs. Spain

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After having started the EURO with a 4-0 victory over Denmark, the German women’s national team followed that up with a 2-0 success against Spain on Tuesday night. The two wins mean that the team not only qualified for the quarterfinals with a group game vs. Finland to spare but that they have also secured the top spot in their section already. By doing so they avoided a matchup with high-flying hosts England in the quarterfinals.
First-half goals by Klara Bühl and Alexandra Popp earned the victory, though the game was won in defence, where particularly Player of the Match, center back Marina Hegering stood out.
It was the Spanish side that had two-thirds of the possession and nearly double the number of total shots that their opponents had.
Yet Jorge Vilda’s side rarely managed to seriously threaten the German goal. The few times they did come close, goalkeeper Merle Frohms was there to clear the danger. The entire match could serve as kind of a case study, as to how to play efficiently with a minimum of ball possession.
Germany’s whole football history regardless of whether we are talking about the men’s or as in this case the women’s game is all about that. What they lack in star players or flashy technical skills, they make up with team spirit, discipline and tactics. This team led by coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg particularly embodies those qualities.

Both of Germany’s first two opponents, Denmark and Spain have world stars on their squads that the Germans have rendered largely ineffectual.
Many people have doubted what this team could do ahead of these EUROs, including the writer of this article, but they have already proven us wrong.
It is still quite early in this competition, but if they continue like this, the sky may very well be the limit for the side.
In the other match of the group, Denmark narrowly edged Finland by a 1-0 score. This means that ahead of the last round of matches in the section on Saturday night, the Danes will have to beat Spain to finish second and earn a quarterfinal showdown with England. Germany’s simultaneous game against Finland is essentially a dead rubber.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team will find out the identity of their quarterfinal opponents after the Group A match between Norway and Austria on Friday. In that match, the favoured Norwegians need a win, due to their damaged goal differential after their 8-0 defeat to England earlier this week.
Most of the remaining group matches are sure to offer drama for the fans.

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Denis Knezovic is a longtime football/soccer writer, as well as a published author.
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