Created on 2015-03-11 at 11:00 AM
After a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Brazil and a rough start to the tournament, the German women’s national team reached the play-off for third place where they will have the chance to make amends against Sweden, who defeated the DFB women 2-4 in the opening match of the group stage.
Group A: Germany-Brazil
Coach Silvia Neid started Leonie Maier and Melanie Leupolz in their encounter with Brazil. The German team started out on a promising note and had numerous scoring opportunities early on and strong gegenpressing (counter-pressing), not to the amusement of the Brazilians. Alexandra Popp converted a corner from Dzsenifer Marozsan heading it in for Germany’s 1-0 lead just before halftime (43.). The second half started out with an equalizer for Brazil through Bruna Benites (47.) before Celia Sasic gave Germany the 2-1 lead (48.). Moments later, Marozsan and Sasic’s impressive link-up play resulted Germany’s third and final goal, giving Germany a well deserved win against the somewhat disappointing Brazilians.
As Sweden defeated China 3-0, Germany landed second place in Group A and as a result a ticket to the playoff for third-place. The opponent on Wednesday will be Sweden, who ended up third in the group.
Group B: Norway-Switzerland
Caroline Abbé and Vanessa Bürki’s Swiss team put on a strong performance and tied with Norway 2-2. Switzerland finished third in Group B and will play Brazil for seventh place on Wednesday (4:00 p.m. CET).
Group B: USA-Iceland
FCB winter signing Dagny Brynjarsdottir’s Iceland also put on an equally strong performance against the U.S. Unfortunately the draw was Iceland’s only point in the tournament, resulting in fourth place in the group and a tournament exit. On Wednesday (1:15 CET) Iceland play current world champions Japan for ninth place.
Group A: Italy-Kanada
The Italians with FCB players Raffaella Manieri and Katja Schroffenegger lost their last match of the group stage against World Cup hosts Canada 0-1. Despite the loss, the Italians finished in second place in the group, qualifying for the playoff for third-place against Mexico (Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. CET).
Group B: England-Netherlands
Vivianne Miedema started for the Oranje women and scored the first goal in the 19th minute against World Cup participants England, marking the 18-year-old’s 19th goal for the Dutch national team. Just before halftime Aluko scored the equalizer for England (43.). The second half resulted in no further goals, ending in a deserved 1-1 draw. The Netherlands will as a result play Scotland on Wednesday for seventh place (1:00 p.m. CET).
Group B: Finland-Australia
FCB goalkeeper Tinja Korpela’s Finns were defeated by a strong Australia 0-3. After only earning one point, the Finns as a result will play South Africa for ninth place (Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. CET).
Group A: Austria-Ireland
Austria defeated Ireland 2-0, with goals scored by Prohaska (26.) and Burger (57.). FCB players Manuela Zinsberger and Viktoria Schnaderbeck played the full 90 minutes, while Carina Wenninger was substituted off just before the final whistle (85.). Despite the victory, the Austrians will play for third place against France’s B-Team (2:00 p.m. CET).