DFB team retains Olympic chance: “Made life difficult again”

WITHYou still have everything in your hands. For the women of the German Football Association (DFB), collaboration with Horst Hrubesch was as necessary as it was to strengthen their belief in a better future. The DFB wants to take part in the 2024 Olympics to make up for the bad impression it left on the international stage in the summer when it was eliminated in the preliminary round at the World Cup. Thanks to a 2-0 victory in Iceland, the coveted finale of the Nations League group victory is approaching: the Germans await the Danes in Rostock on December 1 for the return match.

Hrubes’ team is currently three points behind their strongest rivals after losing the first neighbor’s duel at the end of September (0:2). After that, all that remains on December 5 in Swansea is another meeting with Wales (who suffered a 5-1 defeat in Sinsheim last Friday), which remains the last without any luck. An invoice will then be issued. The Germans will have to arrive first to maintain their chance of getting a starting ticket for the Summer Games in Paris. Eligibility will be granted in February in a four-nation play-off tournament that only those who achieve success in the Nations League will be able to qualify for.

“Real cramp”

Grubesch, who replaced the ill coach of the national team Martine Voss-Tecklenburg, whose return to the German Union is now out of the question, was only partially satisfied with the game in Reykjavik. “In the end” he “liked” the result, but nothing more. He lacked calm and clarity in his actions in front of 2,000 fans, spoke about bad decisions on the field at the national stadium, which were affected by the Icelandic autumn weather, and about “bad balls”. “Last Passes” lacked sharpness and precision.

“We’ve made life difficult for ourselves again, we just need to realize these opportunities. You have to want it.” Julia Gwynne also put it bluntly: “It was a real cramp.” The Bayern defender took the lead with a penalty (65th minute). Her club colleague Clara Bühl, who scored the final goal shortly before the final whistle, did not hide her relief, but at the same time made a loud statement with which she raised the bar: “We are glad to get three points,” said the 22-year-old striker and promised another move against Denmark: “We can have fireworks at home.”

First up, the core of the national team will face each other as rivals when champions Bayern meet cup holders Wolfsburg in the league on Sunday. Grubesh is here as a spectator because, as a repatriate, he still “lacks some impressions.” One thing can no longer be avoided: the disastrous World Cup and everything that followed it cost the players much of their safety and confidence. Neither can be easily returned to the training ground.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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