Exciting Germany comes out on top of physical China

10 Jun
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Y’all… It’s been SO long. It’s been so long since I’ve written (thank you hopechaser and Lozil for entertaining my desires to write) and so long since I’ve been excited for soccer. Leave it to the amazing women of this sport to rekindle my love!

First, please forgive any distracted writing. I’m watching Sunday morning’s matches as I write (Go Reggae Girlz!).

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Group B action was kicked off with Germany v China, a match I was personally very excited for. I thoroughly enjoy watching Germany play though I can’t say the same for the men’s team (I know, boo hiss). This was the type of game that makes you wonder why anyone would ever tell you the women’s game is not exciting. A statement to which my usual response is to end the conversation.

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I thought Germany came out better in the beginning, but China had the first real chance in the 14th minute. It was a beautiful opportunity for Yang Li, but she took an extra touch that allowed Germany to get back on defense.

Germany had their own chance in the 17th on a short corner. Simon sent a cross in (I think it was a cross and not a shot) that rattled the crossbar.

Three corners in a row for Germany had me on the edge of my seat. This was such an exciting match.

Popp had an opportunity in the 20th with a header. It was a beautiful ball in from Simon (again). An awkward landing resulted in an injury break and a bit of a scare for Germany losing their captain. Thankfully, she was ok. She is SO exciting to watch.

China were definitely in for some really hard tackles. And it seemed they were focusing on Popp and Marozsan. With that said, those are the two star players for Germany. China had their own injury with Lou Jiahui in the 30th minute and had to be replaced by Tan.

China had an incredible chance in the 44th minute. Yang Li curled the ball onto the post. In the end, China couldn’t finish and Li ended up with a yellow for going in late against Germany keeper Schult.

China was so good at breaking down the Germany back line after struggling to contain the German offense.

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The first half ended with no goals for either side, but how exciting for viewers! (Shut up Alexi Lalas)

At the half, Simon was replaced by Lena Oberdorf, who is 17, for Germany. And for China, Wang Shuang came in.

Popp was taking an absolute beating during the first half and started the second half with an elbow to the gut. Germany started the second half the same as they did the first with the majority of possession and pressing the China defense.

Leupulz replaced by Magull in the 63rd minute.

The goal for Germany came in the 66th minute. Gwinn’s shot from the top of the 18 was AMAZING. It was so good!

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In the 69th minute, China replaced Yang Li with Song. But Germany was on a roll and they continued to threaten. They were a bit too much for China to get their own chances and dominated with quite a few more chances.

China had a few half-chances of their own but the game slowed down and ended Germany 1 – 0 China.

Germany’s next match is Wednesday against Spain. China take on South Africa on Thursday.

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