Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Germany downs Brazil; repeats as Women's World Cup champ
by Ridge Mahoney, October 1st, 2007 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  women's national team, women's world cup

MOST COMMENTED

So, Marta is mortal after all. And four years after winning its first Women's World Cup, Germany is the first team to repeat as champion. Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr scored the goals, and keeper Nadine Angerer stopped Marta's penalty kick as Germany reclaimed the trophy it won four years ago by beating Brazil, 2-0, in the final. The Brazilians at times mesmerized their foes but weren't quite as efficient at the crucial moments.

VIDEO highlights of the Women's World Cup final.

Kerstin Garefrekes shot into the side netting and Daniela hit the post as the teams traded chances in the first half. Sandra Smisek scooped a shot over the bar from close range but early in the second half ran onto a ball on the right flank and cut it back for Prinz to shoot low first time. Goalkeeper Andreia, caught moving across her goal, lunged but let the shot slip under her body.

The match played out according to traditional themes: Brazil by far the more dazzling, but Germany solid and resilient and not short of skill. Annike Krahn spurned a great chance to double the lead when she headed Renate Lingor's corner kick wide, and soon enough Brazil earned the chance to punish that miss.

Cristiane burst into the penalty area and crashed to the ground under Linda Bresonik's desperate tackle. To the penalty spot stepped Marta, who had gone low to the goalie's left to convert a penalty against Australia in the quarterfinals. This time she went low again but only slightly to the goalie's right, and Angerer smothered it easily.

Angerer saved again a few minutes later, more or less, when a Cristiane free kick rattled off her and the goalpost before bouncing clear. Laudehr sealed victory in the 86th minute by leaping to head Renate Lingor's swerving corner kick into the net.

Germany finished the tournament unscored upon to become the first team in any FIFA world championship event to win a title while not conceding a goal. Brazil, a 2-1 loser to the USA in the 2004 Olympic gold-medal match, must look to next year's Olympics as the next chance to reach the highest step on the podium.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Copa Centenario: Jamaica has heavy U.S. influence    
Other than the USA with 19 players, all in MLS, no team has more players based ...
What They're Saying: Afghani Mohammad Arif Ahmadi    
"I sold all my belongings and brought my family out of Afghanistan to save my son's ...
Crowd Count: NASL openers down 37 percent    
Only two of the nine returning NASL teams -- its two Canadian teams, Ottawa and FC ...
MLS Rookie Watch: Three make immediate impact    
Jordan Morris is just one of three rookies who have been starting regularly since the start ...
Jordan Morris heeds advice from new Sounders sage    
It took six games before rookie Jordan Morris scored his first MLS goal, but he hasn't ...
What They're Saying: Bangkok monk assistant Korpsin Uiamsa-ard    
"They wear Leicester's white away-game jerseys and chant its name while watching the game." -- Korpsin ...
TV Report: Leicester City game sets ratings record    
Sunday's Manchester United-Leicester City game drew the highest overnight rating ever for an English Premier League ...
Video Pick: Trump features in Argentine Copa ad    
Argentine TV station TyC Sports has used Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's "border wall" speech in ...
Video Pick: Leo Messi takes on giant robot keeper    
You've seen how routinely Lionel Messi beats human goalkeepers. Now, thanks to a Japanese game show, ...
USL Rewind: MLS expansion candidates drawing well    
Sacramento, San Antonio and Cincinnati have all been mentioned in recent weeks as MLS expansion candidates, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives