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.
The DFB team accepted the duels, but interruptions caused by fouls also hampered the flow of the game. In front of the eyes of guest Stefan Kuntz, national coach of the Turkish men, patience and tenacity were required, unlike the 8-0 win in the first leg last November.
After the change of sides, the German selection continued to search for the right side with asset Svenja Huth. But it was only when left-back Rauch safely converted a penalty kick after a handball in Busem Seker’s penalty area that the knot burst. Almost immediately, Bühl, who had been acting rather unluckily up to that point, followed up with a long-range shot from the edge of the penalty area into the near corner. The game remained largely mixed up, a few minutes after being substituted for Popp (74th) Bayern scorer provided student for clear conditions.