Germany thrashed South Africa to top Group B
Germany won their Women’s World Cup group for the fifth consecutive time as well as stayed clear of an immediate match with the United States by routing South Africa 4-0 on Monday.
Germany had to grind out 1-0 success over both China and Spain, but their offense ultimately caught three goals in the first half against South Africa. That matched Germany’s total goals in their previous five World Cup games.
Spain completed Group B as runner-up after a 0-0 draw with China, as well as progressed to the knockout stage for the first time. Spain will certainly encounter the winner of Group F on Monday at Reims, and the United States would certainly be the opponent with a victory or pull in their final group match versus Sweden.
Melanie Leupolz opened the racking up in the 14th minute with her first goal for Germany considering that the 2016 Olympics. Sara Dabritz increased the lead in the 29th minute, as well as Alexandra Popp, made it 3-0 in the 40th. Lina Magull included the final goal right before the hour mark.
Two-time event champions Germany have not lost a match in group play given that dropping to Sweden in 1995.
Germany covered Group B with a perfect record and also will certainly play a third-place team in their round-of-16 match Saturday at Grenoble.
Germany had currently secured a place in the round of 16 before the game started versus South Africa.
South Africa, the lowest-ranked team in the competition at 49th, was winless in group play as well as outscored 8-1.