3:0 in the World Cup qualifier against Portugal: German footballers celebrate an important victory with Alexandra Popp, who is returning

With Alexandra Popp returning, the German footballers have taken a giant step towards the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The superior team of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg landed their seventh win in seven games with a 3-0 (1-0) win over Portugal on Saturday in Bielefeld.

In front of 7,364 spectators – including 350 refugees from Ukraine with free tickets – Wolfsburg’s Lena Oberdorf (40th minute) and Felicitas Rauch (80th) and Klara Bühl from FC Bayern Munich (55th) scored the goals for the two-time world champion.

Captain Popp from VfL Wolfsburg made her comeback after a one-year injury break as a joker and played her 112th international match. With this success, the DFB women lead the table in Group H with 21 points ahead of Serbia (15) and Portugal (13). Only the first in the table qualifies directly. With three games left, Germany can make everything clear in the next game in Serbia on Tuesday (4 p.m. / ZDF).

[Wenn Sie aktuelle Nachrichten aus Berlin, Deutschland und der Welt live auf Ihr Handy haben wollen, empfehlen wir Ihnen unsere App, die Sie hier für Apple- und Android-Geräte herunterladen können.]

With sleet and rain showers at the beginning, the hosts missed a few big chances. Five players from Champions League semi-finalists and Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg were in the starting XI. Among them was the strong Svenja Huth, who handed over the captain’s armband to Popp with a smile after an hour.

Goalscorer Lea Schüller was named “National Player of the Year”.

Director Dzsenifer Marozsan also began: The 29-year-old from Olympique Lyon was injured at the Arnold Clark Cup in England in February. But she often lacked precision. After a corner by Huth, Oberdorf then headed in to make it 1-0.

Goalscorer Lea Schüller from FC Bayern was named “National Player of the Year” before kick-off, but was only on the bench. With a header from her club colleague Lina Magull, the German team immediately threatened to score again after the restart. However, it often continued to move too imprecisely forward. A Munich co-production with Giulia Gwinn and Bühl then led to the 2-0.

With Jule Brand from Hoffenheim and Laura Freigang from Eintracht Frankfurt, Voss-Tecklenburg brought two fresh attackers. After a nice pass from Popp, Freigang missed the third goal before Rauch managed to do so. DFB goalkeeper Merle Frohms remained largely unemployed.

In the next few weeks, the focus for the DFB women will be on preparing for the European Championships in England in July. The record European champions (eight titles) caught a strong group with Denmark, Spain and Finland. In September, the German selection still has to compete in the World Cup qualifiers in Turkey and Bulgaria. (dpa)

By Editor

Leave a Reply