Dhe German national women’s football team started qualifying for the World Cup with the hoped-for sense of achievement. The selection of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg won their first group game against Bulgaria on Saturday in Cottbus with 7-0 (3-0). In front of only 1,534 spectators in the Stadium of Friendship, which was approved for 5,000 spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic, Munich’s Lea Schüller (21st / 72nd minute), Lina Magull (24th / 33rd) and Linda Dallmann (67th / 82nd minute) scored. ) each with a double pack and Tabea Waßmuth (76th) from VfL Wolfsburg scored the goals for Germany.
“It was a bit difficult for us to get in at the beginning. But after the first goal we did well and we can be happy with the game. It was pretty good for the first appearance, ”said Schüller. “We are happy about the sovereign victory,” added Magull, but also referred to the lack of exploitation of opportunities.
Difficulties in the opening minutes
On Tuesday (4 p.m. on ZDF), the next game of the World Cup qualification for the team of the German Football Association will be played in Chemnitz against Serbia. In addition, the DFB team will meet Turkey, Israel and Portugal in their group. The nine group winners will qualify directly for the 2023 final tournament in Australia and New Zealand. The second play in the playoffs for two more places.
On the rain-soaked lawn, the hosts only had a hard time against the low world rankings 79th from Bulgaria in the first few minutes. The few fans present tried to cheer and cheer right from the start – and got to see the first goals after a good 20 minutes. First, Schüller shot the DFB team deservedly in the lead after a cross from Hendrich.
Return from Marozsan
Just three minutes later, Magull increased it to 2-0 with a nice shot from a distance – which the audience acknowledged with “Germany, Germany” shouts. Even without the still injured captain Alexandra Popp, the Germans now dominated the game and practically did not allow the guests to come close to their own penalty area. In a tentative attempt by the Bulgarians, playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsan cleared with a strong defensive action.
The 29-year-old, currently on loan from Olympique Lyon to the American top club OL Reign for six months, was back in the national team after several months of absence and was involved in numerous creative and promising scenes. The third German hit fell after a remarkable Bavarian combination. After a cross from Sydney Lohmann, their Munich teammate Magull only had to complete with a header.
The dominance continued in the second half. Although the top performers Magull, Lohmann and Lena Oberdorf were spared after 45 minutes and replaced by Jana Feldkamp, Dallmann and Jule Brand, little changed in the picture. Whether Schüller by head, Dallmann by direct acceptance or Sophia Kleinherne with a flick – only the evaluation of the chances was initially to be criticized.
“Stay tuned, folks,” Voss-Tecklenburg shouted to their players. These followed the instructions of the national coach and increased with further hits to a sovereign and never endangered opening victory.