Dhe German footballers have Horst Hrubesch sweetened the approaching farewell with another success. By the 5: 2 (2: 2) against Italy, the "cult coach" in the penultimate game as a national coach built his starting record with the seventh victory in the seventh game. Lina Magull (6th), Sara Däbritz (18th), Giulia Gwinn (50th), Lena Petermann (60th) and Leonie Maier (86th) met in a lively meeting in front of 5904 spectators in Osnabrück for the playful Olympic champions. Barbara Bonansea (29) and Daniela Sabatino (43) punished the not always solid German defense.
The test of endurance on Tuesday (16.00 clock / ZDF) in Erfurt against Spain is Hrubesch's last use before he retires at the end of the year. From December, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg prepares the DFB women for the World Cup in France (7 June to 7 July 2019).
Looking to the future, 67-year-old Hrubesch remained true to his line and gave young players a chance. Debutantes Maximiliane Rall and Lena Lattwein from TSG Hoffenheim were allowed to start. In goal represented in their second international match a little uncertain Freiburg Merle Frohms injured Almuth Schult.
Also Dzsenifer Marozsan was missing. After a pulmonary embolus four months ago came a bet for the budget captain too early, instead wore attacker Alexandra Popp captaincy.
The Wolfsburg was also involved in the early opening goal, as she passed through the counterattack on Magull. The midfielder held the ball firmly in the penalty area and finished with a left-footed shot. Däbritz followed a corner by distance shot. The Germans set the pace for just under half an hour, leaving the opponents barely able to develop with good counterpressing. But with all the offensive urgency went in reverse the overview lost. After long balls, the two strikers Bonansea and Sabatino made the rejuvenated German defensive team look old. Immediately before the equalizer, Popp's free-kick narrowly missed the goal (42 ').
Even after the break, the German offensive harmonized well. A great template of the already heavily playing Münchner Magull utilized the only 19 -year-old Gwinn for their first international match. A direct dismissal of substitutes Petermann made for clearer conditions. Maier came to an end after a blatant mistake by Italian goalkeeper Laura Giuliani.
Hrubesch successor Voss-Tecklenburg still contests the World Cup play-offs with the Swiss. The final first leg of the European champions Netherlands on Friday, however, lost 0-3, the second leg will take place on Tuesday.