The German women’s national team registered another convincing 5-0 win against the Netherlands in an international friendly at the Tivoli Stadium, Aachen. The German team beat Italy with the same scoreline four days ago and they continued to impress the fans and media in today’s encounter.
Germany dominated the match from the very first minute on, but they had their difficulties to break through the well-organised Dutch defence. Celia Okoyino da Mbabi opened the scoring in the 15th minute, while Simone Laudehr increased the lead in the 43rd minute to give Germany a 2-0 lead at half-time.
German coach Silvia Neid made three changes to the line-up at half-time, while taking off Fatmire Bajramaj, Kerstin Garefrekes and Birgit Prinz to bring on Melanie Behringer, Inka Grings and shooting star Alexandra Popp.
The changes killed the flow of play for the Germans in the early minutes of the second half, but substitute Popp made things clear in favour of her team in the 71st minute. Popp scored her 7th goal in her 11th senior international cap to give the hosts a 3-0 lead in their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 preparation match.
Kim Kulig (75th minute) and Inka Grings (87th minute) scored two more goals to make it a perfect day for Neid’s team.
The German team looks very impressive in their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 build-up and they should be considered as the top favourites to clinch the title.
1-0 Celia Okoyino da Mbabi (15′), 2-0 Simone Laudehr (43′), 3-0 Alexandra Popp (71′), 4-0 Kim Kulig (75′), 5-0 Inka Grings (87′)
1-Nadine Angerer; 2-Bianca Schmidt, 5-Annike Krahn (45′ 20-Lena Goeßling), 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 4-Babett Peter; 14-Kim Kulig, 6-Simone Laudehr, 18-Kerstin Garefrekes (46′ 8-Inka Grings), 19-Fatmire Bajramaj; 9-Birgit Prinz [C] (46′ 11-Alexandra Popp), 13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi (76′ 16-Martina Müller)
Loes Geurts; Dyanne Bito (46′ Leonne Stentler), Manoe Meulen (88′ Kika van Es), Mandy van den Berg, Petra Hogewoning (46′ Claudia van de Heiligenberg); Anouk Hoogendijk, Renée Slegers (65′ Chantal de Ridder), Sherida Spitse; Sylvia Smit (76′ Marije Brummel), Manon Melis, Marlous Pieëte (55′ Kirsten van de Ven)
Alexandra Ihringova (England)
8′ Dyanne Bito (Netherlands), 86′ Mandy van den Berg (Netherlands)