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Euro 2017 Qualifiers

DFB Women win two straight

Alexandra Popp (4’) scored the goal of the night for coach Silvia Neid’s Germany side against a deep and defensively strong Croatia. Leonie Maier and Melanie Behringer played for all 90 minutes, while Sara Däbritz and Melanie Leupolz came on in the second half. “It didn’t really work, we were too distracted and had trouble with that first contact. Croatia took advantage of our technical deficiencies - we never found the right moment to finish. In the end we were happy about the three points,” said Germany coach Silvia Neid.

Germany leads Group 5 with 6 points and a goal difference of 13-0. Germany’s next opponent is Russia on October 22 in Wiesbaden at 4 p.m. CET.

Ireland – Finland 0:2

Tinja-Riikka Korpela played all 90 minutes in Finland’s away win, earning the Finns three more points to see them lead Group 2 with 6 points.

Kazakhstan – Norway 0:4

Nora Holstad’s Norway made a good start to Euro qualification, with Holstad playing a key role. The result was an additional three points, putting them in second in Group 8 right behind Austria, who contested one more game.

Slovenia – Scotland 0:3

Thanks to their away win, Lisa Evans and Scotland have taken the lead in Group 1, with Evans playing the full 90 minutes.

Austria – Wales 3:0

Second game, second win for the Austrians as well. With Manuela Zinsberger, Viktoria Schnaderbeck, Carina Wenninger, and a late appearance by Laura Feiersinger, the Austrians were able to secure a 3-0 win and first place in Group 8.

Switzerland – Denmark 4:0 (friendly)

Qualification for Euro 2017 has not yet begun for Switzerland, but in the meantime the Swiss contested a friendly against Euro 2013 semifinalists Denmark. With Caroline Abbé in the starting lineip and an appearance by Vanessa Bürki, the Swiss women defeated Denmark 4-0.

Germany U19 Group Winners

FC Bayern player Ricarda Walkling opened the floodgates in Germany’s 6-1 win over Serbia with two early goals (2’, 9’). After the third win out of three games, the Germans were able to reach the next stage of Euro qualification. “The tournament was actually only a test for us. What’s important is that we played better today, and as a result I can be happy,” said coach Meinert.