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South Africa v Germany Live Commentary, 17/06/2019

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M. Leupolz (14)
S. Däbritz (29)
A. Popp (40)
L. Magull (58)
Stade de la Mosson


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Spain drew 0-0 with China in the other Group B game to take place today and both sides will go through to the last 16 - China as one of the best third-place teams. Germany can now prepare for their last-16 clash in Grenoble on June 22, while South Africa's journey has come to an end.
Germany seal top spot in Group B with a resounding 4-0 win over South Africa, who are the first side to be eliminated from the 2019 Women's World Cup. Leupolz, Daebritz and Popp put Germany three goals ahead before half-time and Magull rounded off the scoring just before the hour mark with a close-range finish. If not for some inspired goalkeeping from Dlamini in the second half, the scoreline could have been even worse for Ellis's side, who themselves wasted one big opportunity through Kgatlana.
90' + 4' SAVE! Schueller squanders a glorious chance to round off the scoring late on. She is picked out by Gwinn and has only Dlamini to beat, but the South Africa keeper makes a save down low - what a second half she has had.
90' + 3' If Germany are going to score a fifth it is going to come from the left-hand side. That is where they are having all their joy as Dallmann pulls the ball back for Simon to blaze over. She claims it took a deflection and she may have a point.
90' + 1' Germany are going through the motions now. They are probing away down the left but South Africa double up and the attack comes to a disappointing end. Four minutes have been added on at the end of the match.
L. Smeda
K. Biyana
South Africa
89' Smeda takes over from Biyana in the last of the game's changes.
88' An onside Mulaudzi is off target with her half-volley inside the box - that has to go down as half a chance for South Africa.
87' Dlamini races off her line to cut out the ball before a Germany player can pounce. Up the other end, Mulaudzi is unable to keep her effort down and the offside flag would have denied her, anyway.
85' ANOTHER GOAL RULED OUT! Daebritz plays the ball into the feet of Dallmann, who pulls it back for Gwinn to convert from seven yards, but the offside flag is once again correctly raised to deny Germany a fifth.
83' Jane looks as though she will be OK to see out the rest of the match. The game has gone a little quiet over the last few minutes, with Kgatlana unable to bring the ball under control inside the box and then conceding a free-kick.
81' Jane is the latest South Africa player in need of treatment. Germany have used all three of their subs but Ellis still has one more available should she wish.
80' Ndimeni turns one way and then the other. Before she can get a clean shot on goal, though, Gwinn makes a good challenge to concede a corner.
79' We may have had just the one goal in the second half but it has been pretty entertaining, with both sides giving it their all. Germany are safely through, of course, but they clearly do not want to take their foot off the gas. South Africa are desperate for a consolation.
77' GOAL RULED OUT! Dallmann is played in down the left and the offside flag stays down, but it was inevitable it would eventually go up if a goal was scored. Dallmann pulls the ball back for Popp and she converts into the back of the net, leading to the flag finally going up.
75' BIG CHANCE FOR SOUTH AFRICA! This was South Africa's big chance to get off the mark. Kgatlana shows a good turn of pace to power through but she is unable to beat Schult from the one-on-one position. That is the German keeper's first save of the day.
74' BRILLIANT GOALKEEPING! Dlamini has just about redeemed herself in this second half with a far better display than we saw in the opening 45 minutes. Schueller squares the ball to Daebritz but Dlamini races off her line and makes a good save.
72' NEARLY! Van Wyk takes on the shot from a long, long way out - a good 40 yards - and Schult looks a little worried. But the ball sails just over the crossbar without a touch being required from the Germany keeper.
70' The ball drops nicely for Daebritz to strike but Dlamini is equal to it at her near post. The South Africa goalkeeper then jumps on the loose ball before another shot can arrive.
68' Germany are now up to 60 per cent in terms of possession - again, it feels like that figure should be a lot higher. There is no doubt that the Germans are good value for this victory and they could easily have scored more. They still have 22 minutes to add to their tally.
L. Schüller
K. Bühl
66' That stoppage in play finally allows Voss-Tecklenburg to make that third substitution as Schueller replaces Buehl.
R. Mulaudzi
Yellow Card
South Africa
66' Mulaudzi is the latest player to enter the referee's book following her sliding challenge on Hegering.
65' The South Africa goal is being bombarded with crosses at the moment. Voss-Tecklenburg looks as though she is about to make her third and final change of the match.
63' CLOSE! Simon whips in the corner and Hegering, who played a big part in her side's fourth goal, is left unmarked pretty much right on the penalty spot to volley it. The technique is good but the ball spins wide of the target.
61' Germany have gone 20 games at the Women's World Cup without conceding a first-half goal. Sweden were the last side to score against them in the opening 45 minutes back in 2003, with South Africa the latest side to try and fail.
L. Dallmann
S. Huth
59' Dallmann takes over from Huth in the second of Germany's subs.
L. Magull
58' GOOOOOAAALLL!!! SOUTH AFRICA 0-4 GERMANY! Voss-Tecklenburg's side have a fourth goal - and it is a first of the finals for Magull. Hegering's header is brilliantly pushed onto the post by Dlamini - she is having a far better second half - but Magull is first to the rebound for a simple finish.
N. Vilakazi
Yellow Card
South Africa
58' The match certainly has an edge to it in the second half. Vilakazi fouls Doorsoun when at full stretch and hurts herself in the process. The referee waits for the left-back to get back to her feet before reaching into her pocket.
56' SAVE! Leupolz watches Simon's cross all the way and gets her head to the ball around eight yards out. Dlamini, at fault for at least one of the first-half goals, does well to push the ball over the crossbar. Popp is off target from the corner.
L. Magull
Yellow Card
54' Magull is shown a yellow card by the referee. It is difficult to work out exactly what she did wrong as she was standing over the ball waiting to take the free-kick - dissent, perhaps?
L. Ramalepe
Yellow Card
South Africa
53' There have been plenty of poor challenges in the early stages of the second half. Ramalepe has been responsible for the majority of those and is shown the game's first yellow card for this latest challenge on Huth.
52' That challenge from Ramalepe on Huth was in the penalty box, by the way, so it would have been an even bigger call from the referee had this game been tighter. Magull is in need of some treatment.
51' Ramalepe goes in hard on Huth but the referee Sandra Braz does not feel the need to book the South Africa right-back.
50' A fourth corner of the match is won by Germany as Van Wyk clears behind. The set-piece is dealt with, as are the subsequent crosses that follow.
48' Germany are looking very composed on the ball. Possession is eventually turned over, though, and South Africa have the chance to counter, only for the ball to be launched long and straight out of play.
46' RESTART! Germany, cruising to three more points, get us back underway here!
C. Simon
V. Schweers
46' Schweers performed well in the first half but she is one caution away from a suspension, so on comes Simon in her place.
T. Kgatlana
A. Mthandi
South Africa
46' Kgatlana replaces Mthandi in South Africa's second change ahead of the second half.
R. Mulaudzi
O. Fulutudilu
South Africa
46' South Africa, knowing that their campaign is coming to an end, have made a double change at the break. Mulaudzi is on for Fulutudilu in the first of the subs.
The worrying aspect for South Africa is that it could easily have been a lot more than three goals conceded. Popp, Buehl and Magull all failed to make the most of good opportunities, but at this point it is fair to say that it will not matter a great deal. As things stand, Germany are going through to the last 16 as Group B winners and South Africa are heading home without a point.
Germany take a 3-0 lead into half-time thanks to a dominant first-half display in Montpellier. Leupolz opened the scoring 14 minutes in with a simple header from the edge of the six-yard box and Daebritz profited from some poor goalkeeping to double her side's tally with just under half an hour played, before Popp added a third via a powerful header towards the end of the half.
45' One minute has been added on at the end of this one-sided first half at Stade de la Mosson.
44' South Africa are enjoying the odd spell on the ball in Germany's half of the field, but they have still managed just one attempt - and that was blocked. Barring arguably the biggest collapse in Women's World Cup history, Voss-Tecklenburg's side are heading through as Group B winners.
42' Germany are not finished there, it seems. Magull's corner is met by Popp but she cannot get enough contact on the ball to beat Dlamini, who is having a difficult day in the South Africa goal.
G. Gwinn
40' Gwinn was picked out in some space out wide and did well to hang the ball into a dangerous zone between the penalty spot and the edge of the six-yard box.
A. Popp
40' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! SOUTH AFRICA 0-3 GERMANY! Gwinn is slipped in down the right and hangs the ball up for Popp to power a header past Dlamini from eight yards. That one falls into the 'textbook' category - as simple as you like.
39' Dlamini is OK to continue after receiving some treatment. Germany win another corner but Van Wyk clears the ball away.
38' Dlamini is down receiving some treatment and the substitute goalkeeper has been sent to warm-up.
37' OVER! Make that three big opportunities Germany have failed to take either side of their two goals. Some good build-up play ends with Magull through on goal with just Dlamini in front of her, but she sends her early shot spinning over the crossbar.
35' IT SHOULD BE 3-0! Buehl is played in behind the visitors' defence and picks out Huth in the middle, but her team-mate is unable to make the contact she desires from eight yards, allowing the ball to run across her body, and the chance goes begging.
33' That really was poor goalkeeping from Dlamini for Germany's second, under little pressure. South Africa are now chasing shadows, aiming to keep the scoring down before half-time.
31' That should be that in terms of top spot and bottom place in Group B. The other match taking place in this group between Spain and China is still 0-0 - those two sides are battling it out for second.
S. Däbritz
29' GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! SOUTH AFRICA 0-2 GERMANY! Daebritz is gifted a simple goal as Germany double their lead in Montpellier. Schweers' cross from the left is pretty weak, but Dlamini pushes it straight to Daebritz and she has a simple finish.
27' Germany have done well to take the sting out of the game following a good spell from South Africa. This game is shaping up nicely!
26' The ball lands awkwardly and Hegering puts Schult under pressure with a difficult pass. Schult does well to just get rid of the ball. South Africa have been the side on top over the last five minutes.
24' A pass from deep aimed towards Mthandi has a little too much on it and Schult is able to gather. Still, that was good play from South Africa, who are starting to offer a little more of an attacking threat.
22' South Africa enjoy a rare spell on the ball in Germany's half of the field but they are unable to test Schult for the first time today. In fact, they have yet to have an attempt of any sort.
20' Germany have had 56 per cent of the ball, though it feels like a lot more. South Africa have struggled to get the ball into the other end of the field and they are at risk of shipping a second - that would surely kill off their hopes of progression for good.
18' Another promising opportunity passes Germany by. Huth crosses from the right, South Africa struggle to clear it but nobody in a white shirt can turn the ball on goal. Ellis' side need to hold on for half-time.
16' TERRIBLE MISS! Daebritz shoots from a tight angle and Dlamini can only parry the ball into the path of Popp, who fails to find the target from close range - that will surely go down as the miss of the tournament. Germany will wonder just how it is not already 2-0.
V. Schweers
14' Schweers' corner was decent, but questions have to be asked of the defending. Leupolz was left unmarked and with a simple header from six yards.
M. Leupolz
14' GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! SOUTH AFRICA 0-1 GERMANY! Leupolz profits from some terrible defending to give Germany an early lead. Schweers' corner lands right on the edge of the six-yard box and Leupolz does not even have to jump off the ground as she guides the ball away from Dlamini.
13' Ten of Germany’s last 11 goals in all competitions have been scored by different players - the only German player to score twice in that period is captain Alexandra Popp.
11' Germany are continuing to build some pressure, with the versatile Huth in particular proving to be a threat out on the right. She crosses the ball into the box but it is cut out for a corner-kick.
9' Germany are pressing their opponents high up the pitch. The cross comes in from the right following a spell of pressure and is headed clear, but the flag goes up anyway. Voss-Tecklenburg's side are looking good value for a goal.
7' South Africa have started to knock the ball around but Germany look the more assured when in possession. Daebritz spins away from her opponent but the shot from 25 yards is miscued and ends well wide of the target.
5' The clearance from Dlamini, who has reclaimed her place in goal today, is terrible. Germany are unable to take advantage and South Africa survive another scare. Desiree Ellis' side need to calm down a little.
3' EARLY CHANCE! Magull is challenged out on the left and the subsequent free-kick is delivered into a dangerous zone by the same player. Popp gets on the end of it but she cannot direct the ball either side of Dlamini, who has an early stop to make.
1' KICK-OFF! South Africa, still in with a slim chance of finishing as one of the four best third-place finishers, get us up and running in Montpellier!
Germany have lost only one of their previous 23 group-stage matches at the Women’s World Cup. In all competitions, meanwhile, South Africa have failed to win any of their last 12 games - they had won eight of their previous 12 games before this run.
South Africa, who have had a day less to rest for this match, show four alterations from their 1-0 defeat to China. Swart is replaced in goal by Dlamini and there are also changes further up the field as Vilakazi, Ndimeni and Mthandi are all recalled. Van Wyk has been carrying a knock but she is passed fit to play.
Germany boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has decided against making mass changes today, with just three alterations from the 1-0 win over Spain five days ago. Goessling, Oberdorf and Hendrich drop down to the bench, replaced in the starting line-up by Magull, Leupolz and Buehl. Gwinn is expected to cover for Hendrich at right-back but the system will remain the same.
Germany subs: Leonie Maier, Lena Goessling, Kathrin Hendrich, Carolin Simon, Johanna Elsig, Merle Frohms, Lena Oberdorf, Turid Knaak, Laura Benkarth, Lea Schuller, Linda Dallmann, Dzsenifer Marozsan.
GERMANY (4-4-2): Almuth Schult; Giulia Gwinn, Sara Doorsoun, Marina Hegering, Verena Schweers; Svenja Huth, Lina Magull, Melanie Leupolz, Sara Daebritz; Klara Buehl, Alexandra Popp (c).
South Africa subs: Sibulele Holweni, Leandra Smeda, Bongeka Gamede, Mapaseka Mpuru, Tiisetso Makhubela, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Kaylin Swart, Bambanani Mbane, Thembi Kgatlana, Linda Motlhalo, Karabo Dhlamini, Rhoda Mulaudzi.
SOUTH AFRICA (4-1-4-1): Andile Dlamini; Lebohang Ramalepe, Janine van Wyk (c), Noko Matlou, Nothando Vilakazi; Busiswe Ndimeni; Amanda Mthandi, Mamello Makhabane, Kholosa Biyana, Refiloe Jane; Ode Fulutudilu.
Germany can make certain of top spot - and what should therefore be an easier last-16 match on paper - with a point today. South Africa, meanwhile, are not yet out of it but they need to win this match and hope that other results go their way. Incidentally, the other remaining Group B match between China and Spain will kick-off at the same time as this one - both of those sides could yet snatch top spot.
South Africa have lost their opening two matches - 3-1 to Spain and 1-0 to China - leaving them bottom of Group B with zero points. That is in stark contrast to opponents Germany, who have claimed successive 1-0 wins over China and Spain to top the standings heading into the final round-robin fixtures.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Women's World Cup group-stage clash between South Africa and Germany at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier.