Germany 0 vs. 1 Spain
Match 29/Quarter Final
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Spain’s Alicia Magaz makes her 100th appearance. Germany come in as Pool C winners and are slight favourites for this one, whilst Spain go through went through the turmoil of a penalty shootout against Belgium in the cross over match. This is the first of the quarter finals of the World Cup.
At the start of the match, Germany look positive and after a missed interception from the Spanish defence, get a shot off, but can’t find the back of the net as the shot is saved by the goal keeper, Maria Ruiz.
In the thirteenth minute, Lisa Altenburg attacks down the right and works a circle entry. The forward on the ball gets an outcome and Germany win a shirt corner. The first shot makes a lovely noise off the keepers pads and the second phase provides Germany with a long corner. Spain win back possession but can’t make the counter attack matter.
The Spanish seem intent on giving Germany a head start. I’ve lost count of the number of unforced errors from the players in the team in the opening few minutes, but at the end of the first quarter the score remains 0 – 0.
In the tenth minute of the second quarter Jana Teschke is shown a green card. Spain look to take advantage of the additional player as Xantal Gine shells a pass into the circle from the left hand side, but her team mate can’t connect. The Red Sticks continue to attack during their power play, but are struggling to find a route to the goal.
With three minutes remaining, Charlotte Stapenhorst goes on a mazy run right to left, finds her self to the left of the goal and hammers a reverse stick shot, the keeper gets behind it, and the rebound is sent wide. Quite a fast counter attack. At the end of the quarter both teams have been quite evenly matched, and the score is still goalless.
The second period gets underway and in the second minute, the Germans make a circle minute. It’s sent across the goal, but they see a Spanish foot in the build up and make use of their video referral and they line up for the first set piece of the match. The ball is blocked by the first runner and the attack breaks down. Six minutes later a green card is shown to Maialen Garcia, for not retreating five metres as Germany look to take a free hit. As we approach half time the German bench feel as if they should have had a foul within the Spanish circle, but the players don’t refer, and the Spanish players quickly counter with a long ball to Garcia. She drives into the circle, but her initial control has slowed her down and Janne Muller-Wieland is able to catch up and dispose her of the ball. Neither team has been able to break the deadlock and we gone into the break without a goal having been scored.
At the start of the second half Germany seem to have been given a bit of a boost by their coach and start the brighter. After a well worked move Altenburg sees her reverse stick strike go just wide of the right post. The Germans have had the most amount of possession in this quarter, as the Spaniards are allowing them possession on the half way line, but then doubling up on the ball carrier within their own 23 metre area. Still 0 – 0 after 45 minutes.
Three minutes into the final period, the Spanish finally come out of their bottom quarter and actually get a short corner; it’s their first of the game. The ball is zapped towards the right post and they get a second corner in quick succession. Germany appeal this decision and the video umpire says that the ball intact came off a Spanish body and the ball is given back to the central europeans. Spain are edging further forward, looking to see if they can nick this one. In the ninth minute Beatriz Perez does well to pass the ball to the back post, whilst under pressure. Carmen Cano pops up and slots it in. Spain has stifled the Germans for the entire 3rd period and now they take the lead. Germany 0 – 1 Spain.
In the twelfth minute a bad clearance from the Julia Ciupka allows Maialen Garcia to get a shot off, but she has a rush of blood to the head and chuffs it wide. Shortly after this Germany bring on a kicking back for their keeper in an attempt to get back into this match. With two minutes of the game left Carlota Petchame gets a yellow card, which sees her sin binned for the rest of the fixture.and within forty five seconds the Germans win a short corner, after an attack to the right baseline. This is their last chance to find an equaliser, but the shot is dragged just wide of the left post. The full time hooter goes and we have another upset in this competition. Spain will face either Ireland, or India in the semi-finals.