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Valuable win against world champions: DFB Women inflict home defeat on USA

An honorable victory with the world champion
The DFB women handed the USA a home defeat

An own goal by the American goalkeeper helps European runners-up Fort Lauderdale take the lead around Alexandra Popp. Then the superstar of the scene compensates – and the comebacker secures victory.

Germany’s soccer players have won an extreme test of endurance against world champions USA. National coach Martina Vos-Decklenburg’s team came away with a 2-1 (0-0) win in front of 16,917 spectators in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday evening (local time). The runner-up European champions were able to thank their strong goalkeeper Merle Fromms and then their American teammate Casey Murphy: in the 51st minute the ball bounced off Murphy’s back after a shot by Clara Ball to make it 1-0. Substitute American star Megan Rapinoe equalized in the 85th minute, but Paulina Kurumbigal made it 1-1 (89th). It was the Americans’ first home loss in more than five years — and 71 games.

Voss-Tecklenburg announced a radical change, taking 26 players with him. The second Test against the Americans is scheduled for Sunday (11:08pm CET/sportschau.de) in Harrison/New Jersey. The national coach hopes to gain important insights to prepare for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, 2023. Germany play Morocco, Colombia and South Korea in the first round.

Krummiegel is back

Hurricane “Nicole” passed in Florida, so both teams were able to compete in ideal conditions and 20 degrees. The DFB women came under more and more pressure over the course of the first half and only saved a 0-0 lead at the break with a lot of luck: the ball landed on the bottom edge of the crossbar once and goalkeeper Fromms made several saves. .

The United States recently lost international matches against European champions England (1:2) and against Spain (0:2), but this time they relied on strong physicality and a lot of offensive motivation. In a tense 51st minute, Lindsay Horan first hit the post from the frome box, Bull started a counter-attack and finished it off with a shot off the post which Murphy finally headed into his own goal. Substitute Krumbiegel, who suffered a cruciate ligament tear in August 2021, made a promising comeback in a DFB jersey. The Hoffenheim attacker also provided significant relief. In Team USA’s final sprint, their star Robineau was under a lot of pressure as a joker, and Grumbichal equalized before celebrating the winning goal.

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