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Germany v Spain Live Commentary, 12/06/2019

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S. Däbritz (42)
Stade du Hainaut


That will do it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between Germany and Spain! We hope you enjoyed following along and will join us again soon!
As for what's coming for these sides, Germany will hope to carry this momentum into their match against South Africa on Monday. Spain, on the other hand, will try to overturn China in their final group match, which would see them advance past the group stage for the first time in their history.
Germany were certainly not at their best today, but pick up the win regardless. Despite being outplayed for most of the first-half, Voss-Tecklenburg's side managed to score a scrappy goal through the foot of Dabritz (42') and it wound up being enough to snatch all three points. The absence of Marozsan was certainly felt in midfield but this win all but confirms Germany will advance past the group stage, which should at least give her a chance to return later in the tournament. As for Spain, they were brilliant from the start, but were far from clinical in front of goal despite creating eight key passes. With two of their three goals at this tournament coming from the penalty spot, questions could certainly be asked of their ability to score from open play despite their skill in midfield. On the whole, Germany were able to take their big chance today and are deserved winners.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: Germany 1-0 Spain
90' + 3' Torrejon takes down Dabritz on the wing, and this free-kick will likely be the last kick of the match.
90' + 2' Spain win a corner after a counter-attack in the final minutes. Can they make it count?
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
89' PENALTY SHOUT! Lucia Garcia goes down in the box and it seemed to be a penalty at first glance, but the referee says no and VAR agrees.
87' CHANCE! Buhl rises for a header in the centre of the box and heads it down near the feet of Panos and the Spanish 'keeper is able to keep it out!
85' Lunging tackles flying in from both sides over the past couple of minutes. The referee opts to let them play rather than awarding fouls or cards, however.
83' Lucia Garcia rides a challenge from Doorsoun, dribbles into the box and cuts the ball back to... no one. The play has been good, but the end product has been poor for the Spaniards today.
82' Buhl wins a footrace down the left flank, is impeded by Paredes, but recovers well and passes the ball infield to keep the move alive.
M. Leupolz
L. Gößling
80' Germany make the last of their three substitutions as Goessling is replaced by Leupolz.
Aitana Bonmatí
Alexia Putellas
77' Spain make their final change as Bonmati replaces Putellas.
76' CHANCE! Dabritz tries to double her goal tallly today with a headed effort from a corner kick, but the attempt lacks power and Panos snatches it out of the air.
74' Leon dribbles forward and is taken down by Huth after a tidy piece of skill. Free-kick to Spain.
72' Eight of Spain's 10 starting players have recorded a shot today, with the centre backs the only players yet to do so.
70' 20 minutes left! Can Spain manage to find a goal? Can Germany hold on? We'll find out together!
68' Guijarro shoots wide right from outside the box and another chance is wasted by Spain.
Patri Guijarro
Silvia Meseguer
66' Spain take off Meseguer in favour of Guijarro in midfield.
L. Magull
L. Oberdorf
65' Germany make another change as Magull comes on for Oberdorf.
V. Schweers
Yellow Card
63' Schweers takes down Lucia Garcia right on the edge of the box, and is shown yellow for her efforts.
62' CHANCE! Buhl runs down the right channel, cuts infield, and launches a left-footed shot to the near post where Schult was waiting! Everything but the finish from the youngster there.
61' Garcia seems to be walking off an injury. What a blow that would be to the Spaniards if she has to come off.
Lucía García
Mariona Caldentey
59' Lucia Garcia comes on to replace Mariona in attack as Spain seek a goal of their own.
57' Spain will need to make a change soon, or risk getting left behind in this match.
55' After seemingly beating the German back line, Garcia sees the flag raised against her for offside.
53' Spain have been quite sloppy with their passing since the break and Germany have begun to take advantage.
51' Mariona misses well wide with a shot from distance, and it will be a goal-kick to Germany.
49' CHANCE! Popp is provided with a perfect cross that she heads into the body of Panos.... oh, but the flag has gone up on Buhl in the build up.
48' The ball finds its way to Putellas from a Spain corner, but the forward's header had more loft than power, and is easily caught by Schult.
47' With the half-time substitution, Germany now have three teenagers on the pitch (Oberdorf, Gwinn, and Buhl).
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
K. Bühl
K. Hendrich
46' An attacking change at the half from Germany as Hendrich is replaced by striker Klara Buhhl.
It will be interesting to see how these sides set up in the second half, especially considering the juxtaposition of play and the scoreline. Spain have inarguably been the better team, but now find themselves behind. While Hermoso has been terrific as a creator today, it would be far from surprising if a change is made in order to push her up to the top of the attack. Germany, on the other hand, will need to decide if they'd be better off defending their one goal lead or trying to push forward for a second.
Despite dominanting most of the first half, Spain go into the break a goal behind Germany. The former were fantastic throughout most of the first half, controlling the midfield and creating more opportunities. The best chance was the one-on-one that Garcia had with Schult (14') but the forward fialed to finish and the score stayed level. Germany then started to grow into the match a bit more and, while they were still the second-best team on the pitch, managed to take the lead with a scruffy goal from Dabritz on the verge of half-time. The team talks will certainly have to change with the lateness of the goal, and the Germans will be delighted to be heading into the dressing room with the lead.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: Germany 1-0 Spain
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' Spain will now have a large mountain to climb today considering Germany are unbeaten in 14 Women's World Cup matches in which they've led at the half.
S. Däbritz
42' GOOOALLLL!!!! Germany take the lead! Popp headed a shot into the chest of Panos that the 'keeper spilled and Dabritz beat Torrejon to the rebound and finished into the bottom left corner! That's certainly come against the run of play. Germany 1-0 Spain
39' Torrecilla is still grimacing, but it looks like she will try to continue.
38' Torrecilla is down on the pitch after Dabritz lands on her back leg. The scream was audible and the medical staff rush onto the field.
36' Hermoso unleashes her first shot of the match and it's blocked behind by Dabritz for another Spanish corner.
35' Every German player is in their own half as Spain turn up the pressure.
33' The Spaniards win their first corner of the match off of Hendrich.
32' Huth tries a finish from a tight angle, but it lacks power or precision and is easily smothered by Panos.
31' Huth breaks past the last defender and attempts to cut a pass back to Popp that's blocked away by Paredes. The Germans are starting to grow into the match now.
29' Gwinn makes a run into the box that is called back as the flag went up for offside.
27' Popp went down after a collision with her own teammate, but it looks like she will be able to keep playing.
25' After a brief stint on the sidelines, Garcia jogs back on and it looks like she will be able to continue.
24' Garcia is down on the ground after an aerial duel with Hegering and the medical staff are out on the pitch.
22' Germany are sorely missing Marozsan in midfield, currrently holding just 32.2 per cent of possession.
20' Brilliant slide tackle in the box from Leon that ended the German attack without any whisper of a penalty shout. Terrific defending
18' Gwinn tries her luck from distance and blazes her shot well wide of goal. Speculative effort that.
16' CHANCE! Another miss from Spain! Meseguer just couldn't keep her shot down from the top of the box and the Germans escape danger once more.
14' CHANCE! Hermoso chips the ball over the top to Garcia who once again beat the defence! She strikes.... and hits it wide of goal! Disappointing finish, but the chances continue to flow for the Spaniards.
13' Professional foul from Torrecilla on Popp in midfield to prevent a threatening German counter.
11' Another ball played forward to Garcia but this one runs out of play before the forward can get to it. Goal-kick to Germany.
8' Despite being known as more of a possession side, it looks like Spain will be trying to catch Germany out with a few more long-balls today.
6' The defence somehow recover after Garcia had split the centrebacks and was seemingly in on goal! The Spaniard was forced wide and the threat passes.
5' Torrecilla tried to collect a loose ball but made contact with Goessling and is called for the foul.
3' The rain is pouring down, causing some sloppy play in the early stages here.
1' Early foul called as Huth was taken down by Leon near the Spanish penalty area. Free-kick to Germany.
1' Referee Kateryna Monzul blows her whistle, and this match is underway!
The players are out on the pitch as the national anthems ring around the Stade du Hainaut. Not long to go now!
Spain make two changes of their own from their 3-1 win against South Africa on Saturday. Losada and Sampedro both find themselves on the bench with Meseguer and Garcia taking up spots in the XI. Of course the focus will be on Hermoso today, especially following her brace in the first match. Her involvement in the goals was thoroughly unsurprising though, considering she led her side in goals (seven), and all of Europe in assists (nine) during qualifiers. Can she power Spain to their second ever World Cup win today?
Spain substitutes: Amanda Sampedro, Andrea Pereira, Vicky Losada, Lucia Garcia, Celia Jimenez, Patri Guijarro, Aitana Bonmati, Lola Gallardo, Andrea Falcon, Leila, Mariasun Quinones, Ivana.
Spain (4-3-3): Sandra Panos; Marta Torrejon, Irene Paredes, Mapi Leon, Marta Corredera; Silvia Meseguer, Jenni Hermoso, Virginia Torrecilla; Mariona, Nahikari Garcia, Alexia Putellas.
Just two changes following Germany’s 1-0 victory against China in their first match at this tournament. Schweers and Goessling both come into the starting XI while Simon and Marozsan drop to the bench. The latter is obviously the big story as the German superstar suffered a broken toe against China which has ruled her out for the rest of the group stage and possibly much longer. Of course, losing a player of that quality has put a dent in Germany’s hopes of picking up a win today but with Popp starting and Schuller on the bench, there is plenty of goalscoring power still in this team.
Germany substitutes: Dzsenifer Marozsan, Lea Schuller, Johanna Elsig, Laura Benkarth, Linda Dallmann, Klara Buhl, Melanie Leupolz, Leonie Maier, Merle Frohms, Lina Magull, Turid Knaak, Carolin Simon.
Germany (4-3-3): Almuth Schult; Kathrin Hendrich, Marina Hegering, Sara Doorsoun, Giulia Gwinn; Lena Goessling, Sara Dabritz, Lena Oberdorf; Svenja Huth, Alexandra Popp, Verena Schweers.
Now, let's look at the team news!
Spain certainly won’t fear the Germans today though, as no European nation had a better record in qualifiers than the Spaniards who won all of their eight matches in Group 7.
Germany are in excellent form, and will be confident heading into today’s match seeing as they have lost just one of their last 10 Women’s World Cup matches against European opposition.
We should be in for a fantastic match today seeing as it’s the first clash between two top-15 nations in the FIFA rankings at this year’s tournament!
Hello, and welcome to this Women’s World Cup match between Germany and Spain!