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Updated: Germany on course to avoid USA after tight Spain win
Times of Malta
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:28

Updated: Germany on course to avoid USA after tight Spain win

Times of Malta
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:28

Germany brushed off the absence of injured star player Dzsenifer Marozsan to beat Spain 1-0 on Wednesday and take control of Group B in the womens World Cup, virtually assuring themselves of missing the rampant United States in the last 16.

Updated: Germany on course to avoid USA after tight Spain win


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Sara Daebritz earned the Germans a hard-fought three points by pouncing three minutes before the break ahead of dithering Spain defender Marta Torrejon, who only had to clear the ball after her goalkeeper Sandra Panos did well to save Alexandra Popps header.

The win puts Martina Voss-Tecklenburgs side three points clear of Spain and one better on goal difference after narrow victories in both their group matches and means they need a point against South Africa -- who play China in Paris on Thursday -- on Saturday to be completely sure of topping the group.

That would leave whoever finished second below them to face the Americans, who were in ominous form on Tuesday as they racked up a record 13-0 win over Thailand, while the Germans would take one of the four best third-placed finishers who will make the last 16.

Second-placed Spain, who were wasteful despite dominating possession and will rue Nahikari Garcia...