Germany wanted a chunk of particular person brilliance from Giulia Gwinn to interrupt down cussed China 1-0 Saturday within the opening match for each groups within the Ladies’s World Cup in France.
Carolin Simon hit the crossbar for the two-time world champions within the first half, however they may have fallen behind twice after needlessly giving freely the ball.
Yang Li was profligate for China, although, and Gwinn struck from 20 yards within the 66th minute to thrill the gang of 15,283 in Rennes.
That purpose proved sufficient for Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s aspect in an entertaining Group B encounter.
China spent a lot of the first half defending, nevertheless it additionally had the very best two possibilities of the opening 45 minutes, the primary coming when an errant cross from Germany’s Sara Doorsoun led to a breakaway and a gilt-edged 17th-minute alternative for Yang.
However the ahead – following good build-up work from Gu Yasha – took a contact as an alternative of capturing when offered with a transparent sight of the purpose, a call that gave Marina Hegering time to get again and make an important block.
Germany was denied the opener when Simon’s 17th-minute cross floated onto the crossbar, and it ought to have trailed on the break after one other careless possession.
Nonetheless, Yang, put by on purpose by Zhang Rui, might solely curl her effort in opposition to the submit as each side went to the break scoreless.
The impasse was lastly damaged when a nook was solely cleared to Gwinn on the fringe of the penalty field, who took a contact earlier than rifling into the again of the online, a strike worthy of profitable any recreation.
Germany subsequent faces Spain in Valenciennes on Wednesday, and China takes on South Africa in Paris on Thursday.
Key Opta Information
- Germany is unbeaten in its final 17 Ladies’s World Cup group-stage video games (13 wins, Four attracts) and has misplaced only one such match total (17-1-4).
- China is with no win in 5 video games in all competitions (Four losses, 1 draw), after profitable every of the seven earlier than that.
- At 19 years and 341 days, Gwinn grew to become the primary teenager to start out a Ladies’s World Cup match for Germany since Linda Bresonik in opposition to Canada in September 2003.
- Gwinn is simply the third teenager to attain for Germany on the Ladies’s World Cup, after Birgit Prinz (17 years, 227 days in 1995) and Ariane Hingst (19 years, 335 days in 1999).