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Germany (W) - China PR (W)
Women's World Cup - 8 June 2019
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No, they cannot. And there's the final whistle. It has ended Germany 1-0 China. They rode their luck at times but it's a winning start for the team ranked second in the world.
China win a corner and this will be their last chance... can they make the most of it? Is there one last twist in the story?
THREE minutes will be added on!
Gu Yasha is released on the left but she ponders too long with her next month and Daebritz races across to make an important challenge, taking the ball cleanly.
- OffSvenja HuthGermany (W)
- OnLea SchüllerGermany (W)
GERMANY SUB: Lea Schuller, a surprise omission today, replaces Huth.
SHOT! A glimmer of hope for China as Zang Rui goes close with a viciously-struck volley. It was always rising.
- Yellow cardLena OberdorfGermany (W)
YELLOW CARD! Oberdorf goes into the book for a rash foul in midfield. That's one of the most blatant yellow cards you will ever see.
Into the last 10 minutes. Do China have a response?
Huth is fed on the right but her pull back fails to pick out a team mate in the centre. The flag was raised anyway.
Here's the moment...
Conceding the goal has knocked the stuffing out of China. At the moment it seems they have no answer.
Germany are showing no signs of letting up in their pursuit of goals. Voss-Tecklenburg likes her side to play fluid, attacking football and edging into the lead in a crucial game isn't going to change her thinking.
- OffLi YangChina PR (W)
- OnDuan SongChina PR (W)
CHINA SUB: China's response to conceding is to introduce Duan Song, who replaces Yang Li.
This has been a very tough test for Germany but if they can make it through they will be brimming with confidence. Will China be left to rue those missed opportunities in the first-half?
It is only Gwinn's second goal in international football. She is still smiling a minute after that fine strike. And why not?
- GoalGiulia GwinnGermany (W)
GOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Germany 1-0 China: The teenager Gwinn breaks the deadlock with a sensational strike! It falls to her on the edge of the penalty area, she takes a touch to set herself and with her second she unleashes an unstoppable shot past the helpless goalkeeper.
GERMANY SUB: Lina Magull replaces Leupolz.
Popp, who has been a constant target for China, is bundled over by Yasha Gu and her temper boils over as she shoves her counter-part. After a telling off from the referee, the situation is dealt with.
BLOCK! A corner delivery causes chaos inside the China penalty area. It comes out to Hegering whose thumping volley is blocked and Germany have yet another corner.
The fouls are mounting up now, as Germany win a free-kick on the right. It's delivered to the far post but again China head it clear. Their defence is proving almost impossible for the Germans to break down.
CHANCE! Gwinn delivers a teasing cross into the heart of the Chinese defence. It's begging for the finishing touch but it evades everyone and bounces harmlessly into the arms of Peng. Great delivery, however.
There's a whole lot of nothing happening at the moment.
Germany have now gone FIVE hours without scoring in the World Cup. If they are to be classed as genuine contenders for the trophy, they need to get their shooting boots on. And fast.
The resulting free-kick delivery is really poor as Marozsan's cross is behind the queuing players in the centre.
- Yellow cardShanshan LiuChina PR (W)
YELLOW CARD! Liu goes into the book for a lunge on Huth. That has been coming.
Another crunching challenge from China in midfield. Their physical approach hasn't made life easy for Germany and I'm surprised one of the German players haven't had a quiet word with the referee by this stage.
'Lady Messi' Wang Shuang, of PSG, actually idolises Cristiano Ronaldo - there's a fun fact for you.
- 2nd Half
There are a couple of changes to inform you about as the second-half gets underway. For Germany, Lena Oberdorf replaces Simon, while Yao Wei makes way for the legendary Wang Shuang for China.
- End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME: An entertaining first-half draws to a conclusion. Germany have dominated possession but their passing became increasingly sloppy as time went on and China have spurned at least three clear-cut opportunities to take the lead.
CLOSE! Another let-off for Germany! The ball is rolled to Gu Yasha on space on the left. Instead of shooting, however, she unselfishly pulls it back across the face of goal and after a couple of fortunate ricochets the ball is cleared to safety.
FOUR minutes will be added on!
HOW HAVE CHINA NOT SCORED?! Ohhhh, what a chance! Zhang Rui bends a pass around the defence and with a first-time shot, Yang Li strikes the post! Germany fail to clear their lines, allowing Rui to power a header at goal but goalkeeper Schult is on hand to make the save.
Some of Germany's passing out of defence and in midfield has been really sloppy. Not that China have been able to take advantage, but they are growing in confidence.
A lovely through ball is played into the feet of Yang Li on the left side of the penalty area, she tries a first-time shot but Doorsoun is across quickly to make the block.
Voss-Tecklenburg is barking orders from the touchline. Germany have taken their foot off the gas in the last 10 minutes or so. China have managed the game well.
There's another stoppage in play as Simon receives treatment after she was stepped on. Again it looked innocuous enough. She will be fit to continue.
China are playing a physical game in a bid to counter Germany. There has been some rash challenges in midfield. But with 10 minutes until half-time coach Xiuquan Jia will be delighted with how the game has gone so far.
Simon fizzes in a dangerous low cross but China are defending in incredible numbers and manage to clear their lines.
- OffJiahui LouChina PR (W)
- OnRuyin TanChina PR (W)
Lou Jiahui is unable to run off her injury and she's replaced by Tan Ruyin.
China's no 4 Lou is on the receiving end of an aggressive challenge and she's in some pain. After some brief treatment she returns to action.
Leupolz is caught inadvertently by the high boot of Gu. The referee keeps her cards in her pocket, it's just a free-kick.
OVER! Huth pounces on a mistake in the Chinese defence. The German no 9 skips past a challenge, checking inside and shoots over the bar with her stronger right foot.
For all of Germany's dominance, it is China who have created the best opportunity so far. If the game continues to follow in this manner, however, you would expect Germany to break the deadlock sooner rather than later.
OFF THE LINE! Germany's set-pieces are causing China all kind of bother. This time the delivery is floated in by Marozsan, Popp is there to head it at goal but it's hacked off the line by a defender.
Germany are using the width on both flanks and Simon forces another corner. Can China weather the storm?
Popp receives treatment after she was clattered by Shimeng in that incident but the German captain is now back on the pitch.
JUST OVER! Simon floats a cross into a teasing area, drawing the Chinese goalkeeper off her line. Popp climbs higher but her header scales the top of the bar and onto the roof of the net.
BLOCK! Hendrich meets a corner delivery with a well-executed vbolley but Han Peng charges it down.
OFF THE BAR! Germany work a short corner. Simon overcooks her cross and it almost sneaks in but she can only watch as it bounces agonisingly against the woodwork and out of play.
VITAL INTERVENTION! Germany are almost the makers of their own downfall. Gu pounces on Doorsoun's loose pass in midfield, exchanges passes with Wang who rolls the ball to Yang Li. The goal is gaping but Doorsoun makes amends with a desperate but crucial last-ditch block.
Spain face minnows South Africa in today's other Group B game - a contest you can follow on our live blog later.
- Yellow cardShanshan WangChina PR (W)
YELLOW CARD! China's top scorer Wang Shanshan is booked for a forward's tackle on Marozsan. It's a sore one but Germany's star player dusts herself off and is back on her feet.
China defending deep, trying to starve the German forwards of service. It has been an encouraging start from Xiuquan Jia's side.
Marozsan times her run to perfection to receive the ball on the left from Huth. She tries to pull it back for a team mate in the middle but it's hurried and China clear their lines.
China win a free-kick in midfield, allowing them a little respite after a bright start by Germany. You would imagine China would be thrilled with a draw today.
SHOT! Germany are on the front foot here, as you would expect. Sara Dabritz lets fly with a left-footed shot from 25 yards but it drifts just wide of Peng's post.
Germany with their first attack of the afternoon move the ball quickly to the right flank where a lovely cross is floated in but China's goalkeeper Peng just about gets there, punching it clear.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF! China get the action underway in Rennes.
FIVE MINUTE WARNING: Desperately close to kick-off now. This is a huge Group B opener; a must-not lose game. The action is NEXT!
DYNAMIC DUO: China rely on Ma Xiaoxu and Yang Li in attack. Together, the duo have 85 goals in just 194 games.
One of the tournament favourites France warmed up with a 4-0 victory over South Korea on the opening night, can Germany match their rivals this afternoon with a convincing win of their own?
China have gone no further than the quarter-finals since 1999, when they finished as runners-up. They are ranked no 16 in the world and have won only eight of 30 meetings with Germany. It would be something of an upset if they were to avoid defeat this afternoon in Rennes.
Germany's team is filled with rising young players - only one player is over the age of 30. Marozsan recently handed the captain's armband to Alexandra Popp, who at 28 years old, is one of the team's more experienced players. Fielding such an inexperienced side means the pressure is largely off Germany's shoulders and Voss-Tecklenburg's main aim will be to land a top three finish among the European nations, which would guarantee qualification for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Just like the men, Germany's ladies are usually there or thereabouts at the business end of an international tournament. They have reached the semi-final in five out of the last seven tournaments, but haven't won the World Cup since 2007. They were knocked out by the US at the semi-final stage last time out. They won gold at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016 but lost to Denmark in the quarter-finals of the Euros a year later. An embarrassing last-place finish at the SheBelieves Cup last year prompted a change in coach with Martina Voss-Tecklenburg taking up the reins last November.
No surprises in Germany's line-up. The only real talking point is the fact Kathrin Hendrich is chosen ahead of Lea Schuller. Midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan is Germany's key player and is looking to add to her 32 goals in 90 appearances. Touted as one of the best in the tournament, the Hungarian-born attacking midfielder scored in Lyon's Champions League final victory over Barcelona last month.
TEAMS IN FULL
Germany: Schult, Simon, Hendrich, Hegering, Huth, Marozsan, Popp, Daebritz, Gwinn, Leupolz, Doorsoun
China: Shimeng, Liu Shansan, Yuping, Jiahui, Haiyan, Peng, Yang Li , Wang Shanshan, Yasha, Rui, Yao Wei
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the Women's World Cup Group B encounter between Germany and China.
The showpiece tournament kicked off in style last night with hosts France brushing aside South Korea 4-0 in the opening game.
The first of three games today sees Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's side take on the 1999 finalists.
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