Bursa (dpa) – Germany’s soccer women rewarded themselves for the prematurely purchased World Cup ticket with a leisurely stroll through the old town of Bursa.
In the lackluster 3-0 (0-0) in Turkey , the DFB selection could not build on the enthusiastic performances at the European Championships, but for national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg the pure result was the focus this time. “We had planned to do more. You could tell that at the beginning of the season we didn’t have the quality of play that would look good on us in a game like this. But in the end there’s a win – that’s what counts. We’re for the World Cup qualified”, summed up the 54-year-old.
Top-class test match opponents
While the players enjoyed a free afternoon on Sunday, the national coach was already busy preparing for the finals in summer 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. “We’re playing France in October and the USA in November. They’re two great opponents. That’s what we need for the World Cup. We can also use the players who didn’t play that much at the European Championship , get into top-class competition mode,” said Voss-Tecklenburg.
In addition, the duels with the European Championship semi-finalists in Dresden and the world champion offer the chance to present themselves to a wider audience again. While almost 18 million viewers sat in front of the TV sets when they unfortunately lost the European Championship final against England five weeks ago, only 1.56 million people wanted to follow the performance in Turkey on Saturday live on ZDF.
They got to see sweaty work from the DFB selection instead of playful magic. “It was difficult. We tried really hard, but we couldn’t get into the rhythm of the game. Especially in the first half we moved the ball too much and acted too often through the middle. We made it difficult for ourselves with that.” analyzed Voss-Tecklenburg.
“A typical work win”
Your players checked off the game quickly. “It was a typical work victory. We could have done some things better. But it was also extremely difficult to find solutions,” said Klara Bühl. The striker scored to make it 2-0 (59′) after Felicitas Rauch had given the German team the lead two minutes earlier with a hand penalty. “That’s how we untied the knot,” said Voss-Tecklenburg. Lea Schüller (77th), who had just come on as a substitute, made the final score.
“We’re very happy about qualifying. We deserve to go to Australia and New Zealand,” said captain Alexandra Popp. Rauch is also looking forward to it: “It will be a great tournament in which we want to play for medals again.”
First, however, the DFB entourage travels to Plovdiv on Monday, where the final qualifier against Bulgaria is scheduled for Tuesday (6:30 p.m./One). Since the German women have secured first place in Group H with 24 points, the national coach then wants to rotate vigorously. “We will make a lot of changes,” announced Voss-Tecklenburg, “but of course we also want to win the game.”
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