With a fortunate prestige success in the Netherlands, the German soccer players have gained momentum for their World Cup title mission.
In the neighborhood duel, the newly formed vice European champions fought a 1-0 (0-0) despite some wobbles and got their first win of the year three and a half months before the finals in Australia and New Zealand.
However: Before Sydney Lohmann (53rd) from FC Bayern scored against the attacking vice world champion, Merle Frohms and Ann-Katrin Berger, who came on at the break, had to do hard work in the DFB goal. And on Tuesday (6:00 p.m./ARD) the next yardstick is set: In Nuremberg, the German selection meets Brazil, a possible opponent at the World Cup in the round of 16.
In the middle of the World Cup casting, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg did without some regulars in her starting eleven, including captain Alexandra Popp. Instead, Sara Däbritz led the DFB team onto the field. Compared to the 0-0 draw against Sweden at the start of the year, the national coach actually changed her formation to six positions.
At short notice, however, Svenja Huth had to start on the right wing for Nicole Anyomi, who had an injured foot. In the new green World Cup jersey, the DFB team got off to a somewhat nervous start, the high Oranje pressing had an effect in front of 10,789 fans, who made for an atmospheric backdrop.
So it took a quarter of an hour until the first German goal approach. The hostesses seemed more experienced, Bonds coach Andries Jonker, former Bundesliga coach of the Wolfsburg men, relied on the VfL duo Dominique Janssen and Jill Roord, among others.
After almost half an hour, things went fast. First the ex-Munich player Lineth Beerensteyn failed to DFB keeper Merle Frohms, in a direct counterattack Tabea Waßmuth (30th) headed just over the goal. Shortly before the break, the strong Frohms cleared again with a foot defense against Beerensteyn (44th).
After the break, Chelsea keeper Berger replaced Frohms from Wolfsburg – and she too had to save against Beerensteyn and Danielle van de Donk (46th) in dire need. But then a standard situation brought the German leadership.
Lohmann headed in at the second post after a corner kick by substitute and conspicuous Klara Bühl. It was the fourth goal in the 20th international match for the 22-year-old midfielder. In the final phase, Berger (86th) made another strong save.
Both teams laced up at Fortuna Stadium with “BNG” badges on their sleeves. The neighboring countries drew attention to their joint World Cup application, and the associations want to host the women’s finals in 2027 together with Belgium.