Women's World Cup: Germany is eliminated in the quarterfinals against Sweden
The World Cup in France continues without Germany. The world champion of 2003 and 2007 failed in the quarterfinals at Sweden. An early goal by Lina Magull (16 minutes) was not enough, Sofia Jakobsson (22) and Stina Blackstenius (48) turned the match to a 2-1 (1-1) for the Scandinavians.
The end for Germany is tantamount to missing the football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics next year. There, the three teams that perform best in this World Cup can start there for Europe. This means that Sweden, the Netherlands and England have their place in Tokyo as semi-finalists. Germany had still won gold in Rio in 2016 - in the final against Sweden.
In Rennes Germany dominated the first minutes at over 30 degrees, combined well and came on some occasions. Alexandra Popp (4) and Lina Magull (6th) did not really challenge Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
Nice move before the 1: 0 - then the balance
Much had been speculated in advance about the use of playmaker Dzsenifer Maroszán, who had broken a toe in the opening match against China three weeks ago. National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg renounced the 27-year-old for the time being. She came after the break.
But even without the superstar worked a lot first. Perhaps the best attack of the German team in this tournament then brought the lead. Sara Däbritz played a short pass to Magull at exactly the right moment, taking the ball and scoring from eleven meters to make it 1-0 (16 ').
The result was appropriate to the gameplay - but then things turned around. Sweden had already exploited the bad positional game of the German defensive before the goal, but in the twelfth minute, DFB goalkeeper Almuth Schult was able to save against Jakobsson by foot. After the 1-0 for Germany, Sweden was then getting better and Germany wobbled visibly.
The 22nd minute: Sweden's center-back Linda Sembrant plays a long ball on center-forward Blackstenius. Marina Hegering is actually on the spot, but miscalculated, so that the ball lands in the course of Sweden's Jakobsson. The attacker of HSC Montpellier moves from about 14 meters from half right and Schult can no longer distract the ball crucial - 1: 1. In the 36th minute Fridolina Rolfö took advantage of another bad vote in the German back four. With a steep pass she played Blackstenius free, Almuth Schult steered their shot over the crossbar.
Oberdorf forgives the last big chance
At the beginning of the second half came Maroszán for Linda Dallmann in the game. But instead of the hoped-for liberation fell already three minutes later, the 2: 1 for the Swedes. Again it was the three strong attackers who were each a bit faster than the German defenders. Jakobsson came from the right to the flanks, Rolfö headed, Schult parried initially, but Blackstenius pressed the ball to 2-1 in the gate (48.).
Then Sweden controlled the game without much effort. Blackstenius (71) and Jakobsson (78) brought the German defense with individual performances again in distress. The DFB team tried again and again with flanks, but the goalkeeper Lindahl intercepted without much effort. Substitute Lena Oberdorf missed the last big chance when she headed past a corner to clear the empty net (87 ').
Sweden will meet the Netherlands on Wednesday at 9 pm in Lyon. The other semi-final also carry in Lyon the US and England on Tuesday (both games in the live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE).
Germany - Sweden 1: 2 (1: 1)
1: 0 Magull (16th)
1: 1 Jakobsson (22)
1: 2 Blackstenius (48th)
Germany: Schult - Gwinn, Doorsoun, Hegering, Simon (43rd Maier) - Huth, Magull, Däbritz, Dallmann (46th Maroszán) - Popp, Schüller (70th Oberdorf) - Coach: Voss-Tecklenburg
Sweden: Lindahl - Glas, Fischer (66th Ilestedt), Sembrant, Eriksson - Rubensson (86th Björn), Seger - Jakobsson, Asllani, Rolfö (90th + 5 Hurtig) - Blackstenius - Coach: Gerhardsson
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (France)
Yellow cards: -, Rolfö