Labor victory against Turkey: Soccer women create World Cup qualification

Dhe German footballers qualified for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with a work victory. In the Turkey the European Championship runners-up won 3-0 (0-0) after initial difficulties and won Group H with 24 points before the last qualifier in Bulgaria on Tuesday (6.30 p.m. / ARD One).

“We are very, very happy,” said the weary captain Alexandra Popp on ZDF, but admitted openly: “It was really hard work. We didn’t have the pace we were hoping for, but that wasn’t easy on this pitch either.”

Felicitas Rauch (57.) broke the spell after a tough first half with a converted hand penalty. Klara Bühl (59th) and Lea Schüller (77th) broke through the crumbling Turkish defense, which was enthusiastically cheered on by around 2,000 spectators in Bursa.

“We for you, Anne!”

Around five weeks after losing the European Championship final against England (1:2 aet), the national coach gave up Martina Voss-Tecklenburg the clear direction. “We want to play attractively and quickly, and take our enthusiasm from past games with us,” said the 54-year-old.

This was achieved with the message “We for you, Anne!” on the warm-up shirts DFB team a sign for goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger, who is suffering from cancer again. Without the regulars Lena Oberdorf (infection), Marina Hegering (foot injury) and Giulia Gwinn (knee problems), the German selection then ran for the first time in the new uniform jersey design for women and men.

In her 120th international match, Popp (19th) missed the first good chance for the two-time world champion, who dictated events. But for a long time there was a lack of creativity, precision and speed against the deep and sometimes rough hosts.

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