WITHEven before the match started there was much to celebrate. Bernd Neuendorf relished the moment as he paid tribute to former national team coach Tina Theun on behalf of the German Football Association (DFB) for her “lifetime achievement”. The 69-year-old is the first woman to receive the award from the association, after Udo Lattek, Otto Rehhagel, Jupp Heynckes and Ottmar Hitzfeld, among others, received the honor for their past achievements.
Sarah Debritz also benefited from the recognition of the association’s president on Friday, who presented the national player with a bouquet of flowers ahead of the game against Wales, which later delivered an important 5-1 victory. In the evening she was thanked for her 100th international match – and she made a cheerful impression. Otherwise, Neuendorff has to deal with the less fun topics surrounding women’s football these days.
The Germans have a chance at the Olympics
He was all the more pleased that the cool autumn evening in Kraichgau brought a result from a sporting point of view, which brought relief to the camp of the Germans, who had recently been tormented by disappointments and unrest. This was the first appearance under the leadership of Horst Hrubesch, who had returned from DFB. And in his return as a substitute, the players showed not perfect, but energetic play, which brought them three more points in the third group of the Nations League.
With now six points, the chances of qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris were preserved, which was set as an urgent task for Grubesch von Neuendorff. “We played well in the first half, the only thing we didn’t do was score goals,” Hrubesch told ARD. “This result will certainly help the girls now.” Hrubes’ next qualifying game takes place next Tuesday (20:00 CET on Sportstudio.de) in Iceland. “Nobody gets anything for free,” he said.
Two weeks ago, the 72-year-old footballer “temporarily” took over the position of temporary assistant to Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, who was initially on sick leave for a month and then went on leave in agreement with the DFB, but lectured, including at a dental conference. She and the association are currently communicating through legal channels. Not a single player has recently spoken out in favor of Voss-Tecklenburg’s return as national coach. The topic requires clarification.
The result against Wales did not make matters worse. The fact that the score was 1:1 at half-time was due to the sloppiness of the Germans: only Bayern’s Lea Schuller scored a goal (25th minute), many other scoring opportunities went unused. And the usury of opportunity took its revenge: Angharad James equalized (42nd).
Hrubeš reacted to the lack of speed and finishing during the break. He replaced Schöke Nysken (Chelsea) with Sarah Debritz (Lyon) and Linda Dallmann from Munich with Laura Freygang from Frankfurt. By doing so, he showed that he has a good hand. Only sixty seconds had passed since the restart when Schuller headed home from Dallmann’s cross to take the lead again (46 minutes).
In front of 20,107 spectators, Julia Gwynne made it 3-1 (80th) from the penalty spot against an opponent who was clearly suffering from poor strength, followed by Nysken with 4-1 (86th) and Nicole Anyomi , who was also a substitute, became responsible for the final score (88.). “The weakness of the first half was taking chances,” said Svenja Huth. “I think we played with a lot of enthusiasm and rewarded ourselves with five goals.”
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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