Created on 2014-09-15 at 09:30 AM
Germany have successfully qualified for the FIFA 2014 Women's World Cup in Canada next year after a 4:1 win against Russia over the weekend. FC Bayern captain Melanie Behringer featured all 90 minutes in a routine win. Melanie Leupolz also featured but only as a substitute. As a result, Germany will top their group regardless of what happens in the final game against Ireland and currently have a perfect record of nine wins from nine games, 60 goals scored and only four conceded. Other FC Bayern players that could be part of Germany's squad next year in Canada are Lena Lotzen and Leonie Maier.
Behringer and Leupolz weren't the only ones that took a step towards Canada. Nora Holstad and Norway also ensured that they will be on top of their group after a 11:0 win against Albania. Viktoria Schnaderbeck and Manuela Zinsberger will have to wait a bit longer, however. Austria's dramatic 4:3 win against Hungary certainly got them closer but they have a potentially decisive game against Kazakhstan coming up on Wednesday. Sitting right ahead of Austria is Tinja Korpela and Finland who are three points ahead of Austria.
Lastly, Bayerns' two other players, Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands) and Raffaella Manieri and Katja Schroffenegger (Italy) had very succesful outings of their own. Miedema scored a hatrick in her country's 3:2 win against Portugal, securing second place in their group. Manieri too was on the scoresheet as she and Italy ran out 4:0 winners against Estonia, also securing second place in the group.