Dhe German soccer players had to admit defeat to the host world champions in the second test match on their trip to the USA. Three days after the 2-1 win in Fort Lauderdale, the runners-up European champions lost 2-1 (1-0) in Harrison near New York on Sunday evening.
The strong Jule Brand from VfL Wolfsburg scored in the 18th minute in front of 26,317 spectators in the Red Bull Arena. The Americans Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh then turned the game around within two minutes with their goals (54th/56th).
The game for the initially very safe DFB women was marred by the injury to Lena Oberdorf. The Wolfsburg defensive midfielder, who is important for the team, had to be substituted after 33 minutes and received an ice pack on her injured shoulder.
Change between the posts
Goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger played her fourth international match in the first half for national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. After the European Championships in England, the 32-year-old made it public that her thyroid cancer had returned. After radioiodine therapy, she has been back on the field for a long time. With a happy face she now listened to the national anthem. Regular keeper Merle Frohms from VfL Wolfsburg took a break. Berger didn’t get much to do: The Americans around Alex Morgan (200th international match) showed an unremarkable first half.
As announced, Angel City FC’s Almuth Schult was between the posts after the break. Bayern professional Lina Magull missed a big chance to make it 2-0. Shortly thereafter, Smith gave Schult no chance with a shot under the bar. At 1: 2, Frankfurt’s Nicole Anyomi and Sjoeke Nüsken did not look good. The second round clearly belonged to the Americans.
For the DFB women, the two friendlies are already in preparation for the World Cup from July 20 to August 20, 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. There, Germany meets Morocco, Colombia and South Korea in the preliminary round.