NOnly the annoying first goal prevented a perfect EM qualification for the German women’s national team. In the end, the DFB team won 3: 1 (2: 1) in Ireland on Tuesday with a little effort and thus also won their eighth game.
The goals were scored by Lina Magull (21st minute) with a penalty kick and twice by Tabea Waßmuth (29th / 85th). Goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger was powerless against a penalty from Katie McCabe (45th) on her debut. The team of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg scored 46-1 goals from the eight qualifying games. The DFB selection was already qualified for the European Championship finals in England in 2022.
Voss-Tecklenburg had changed significantly compared to the 6-0 success last Friday over Greece. In the Tallaght Stadium there were only four players on the field at kick-off, who had also started in Ingolstadt. This should distribute the load evenly. As a precaution, Sara Däbritz was sitting in the almost empty grandstand due to slight muscular complaints.
As announced, Ann-Katrin Berger from Chelsea got her first chance in the national team in goal. The 30-year-old was on the ball for the first time in the third minute, but otherwise everything happened from the start largely in the other half of the pitch.
Unlike the 3-0 in the first leg, the superiority did not initially create any opportunities. To the annoyance of the hosts, a penalty took the lead: Svenja Huth fell while dribbling in the penalty area, Magull turned flat and placed.
After the best German combination to date, Waßmuth failed initially from close range with goalkeeper Grace Moloney on the left, only seconds later the second attempt from 18 meters on the right sat in the far corner. For the 24-year-old from Hoffenheim it was the first goal in the second international match, and Waßmuth missed another chance (39th).
The only inattention on the defensive before the break led to the first goal conceded in qualifying: After a foul by Marina Hegering, McCabe gave debutante Berger no chance with a penalty.
Director Dzsenifer Marozsan came in for the second half, and after she was put down, Waßmuth hit the bar from a distance (55th). The predominantly defensive Irish women, for whom the important second place was still important, made things difficult for the DFB team overall and lurked for chances with dormant balls. Only the strong spiritedness provided the calming third goal – this time with the left.