Germany logs second shutout win to clinch Group win at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

After a 1-0-1 mark in their first two Group matches in Ottawa, Germany claimed a commanding 4-0 victory against Thailand in their final match of Group play. Contested in Winnipeg, the fans were treated to a commanding performance by the top-ranked Germans.

Testing Thai goaltender Warapom Boonsing early on, she played valiantly as the score was still 0-0 after 20 minutes. Despite her best efforts, the Germans would eventually break through. Led by Melanie Leupolz, who scored 24 minutes into the contest, it was a sensational header off a corner kick. Before half time, Celia Sasic would shoot twice on Boonsing, trying to add to the lead.

Germany’s efforts would yield positive results ten minutes after the half. Lena Petermann would come off the bench to score twice in two minutes, providing the top-ranked Germans in a comfortable 3-0 advantage. Left untouched by the Thai defense, Sara Deabrtiz would tap in the ball for the fourth and final goal as Germany clinched first place in their group.

Utilizing their height advantage, the Germans scored three of their four goals against Thailand on headers. In addition, Melanie Leupolz would be recognized as Player of the Game.

In the aftermath of the victory, head coach Silvia Neid pointed out several areas for improvement afterwards, which included players facing a slew of critical questions from German media. Nied was concerned that superiority on the field was not displayed, there was a lack of diagonal passes and there was not a lot of speed, resulting in several missed chances.

Despite the concerns, the Germans outshot the Thai team by a 10-0 count, while only Kanjana Sung-Ngoen was the only player to break through the German defense. Scoring 15 goals overall, while allowing only one (in a 1-1 tie against Norway) in Group play, Germany still put on a remarkable display of soccer dominance. Returning to Ottawa for the Round of 16, their next opponent shall be either the Netherlands or Sweden.

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