DFB juniors start with victory against England in U19 European Championship
The German U19 national team started with a victory in the European Championship in Scotland. 2: 1 (2: 0) won the DFB team of coach Maren Meinert against England, Melissa Kössler (12th minute) and Paulina Krumbiegel (32) shot the German goals, England's Jessica Naz was in injury time only the connecting goal achieve (90. + 2).
With the win Germany jumps point and equal with the Spaniards at the top of the table Group B. For the European Championship finals, only eight teams could qualify, the semi-finalists play in two groups.
In the second half, however, Germany still had to fear for victory. England had two big chances to come to the lineup. But goalkeeper Wiebke Willebrandt was able to parry twice (52nd, 57th minute).
From Lipperode to the world
The German national goalkeeper - unlike most of her teammates - does not play in a junior performance center of a Bundesliga club. Instead Willebrandt trains in a girls' boarding school of the Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia and played in the past season in the male B-youth of the Lippstadt district club TuS Lipperode in the county league A. From there she traveled to the World Cup in November 2018 to Uruguay - and now to the European Championship in Scotland.
There, the DFB juniors did not take early chances against England (2nd, 6th). The first goal fell only when Krumbiegel dribbled from the midfield towards the penalty area and played the ball to the right to Gina Chmielinski. Their cross landed directly on the head of the run in Kössler, the goalkeeper Hannah Hampton did not give a chance (12).
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The German team led the opening victory: Paulina Krumbiegel (left)
Krumbiegel ensures the victory
Germany took a quarter of an hour for the next chance, but after a cross from the right Krumbiegel struck the ball and put it just short of the right post from close range. Five minutes later, the TSG Hoffenheim player was luckier, with center-back Lisa Ebert playing a strong ball into the run of the Krumbiegel, who ran away from their opponents and drew past Hampton 2-0 (32 ').
When Willebrandt struck for the first time just before the end, the crossbar saved for them, just before the end of regular time in a free kick by Lauren James (89). Only Naz overcame the German goalkeeper (90 + 2). Because the English women needed for their first goal but in injury time, Germany could save the victory over time.
On Friday the German team will face Belgium in the second group match (20.30, TV: Sport1).