The Germany-France quarterfinal lived up to its billing as the match of the tournament. In a game played at an exceptionally high level, German rallied for a late goal to tie the score at 1-1 and went
on to win in a shootout, 5-4, when Claire Lavogez
missed the 10th and final attempt of the five-round shootout. For three takeaways from Germany-France.
1. Never count out of the Germans.
Germany was outplayed for much of the game, but created enough chances to be rewarded when Amel Majri
was whistled for a handball in the area for a penalty in the 84th minute that Celia Sasic
converted for a
tournament-high sixth goal.
The insertion of Hungarian-born star Dzsenifer Marozsan
after the break brought life to the German midfield after it
was dominated by the French in the first half. Yes, France was the better team but it only had a 24-19 edge in shots. Germany finished with a 8-4 edge in shots on goal.
Marozsan was one
of five Germans to convert their penalty kicks even though she has twisted her ankle late in the game and is now doubtful for Tuesday's match against the USA. 2. Penalty kicks are cruel.
French dominance went for naught as the Bleues lost on penalty kicks. Two years ago, the Bleues were supposed to challenge for the Euro 2013
title but lost in the quarterfinals to Denmark on penalty kicks.
This loss will hurt more. The French were ready this World Cup, having run off a string of excellent results against the
best teams in the world over the last year, and they showed off all their individual skills with an extraordinary effort to pin down the Germans for most of the game
"Everyone says, 'You
had a great game. You are at the level of Germany,' But we lost," France coach Philippe Bergeroo
said. "So what matters is to learn, to learn that to dominate
doesn't mean that you'll win. They need to learn what will allow them to win games in the future."
3. Another new French generation is waiting to take over.
Bergeroo will likely stay on for one more year as head coach as France will
play in the 2016 Olympics. But the Bleues will also have to look ahead to 2019 when France hosts the Women's World Cup.
This will have likely been the last chance for French stars like
, Laura Georges
and Louisa Necib
to win the Women's World Cup, but
others like Wendie Renard
, Amandine Henry
, Eugenie Le Sommer
and Amel Majri
are still young and will form the nucleus of the 2019 team.
Bergeroo praised Lavogez for her courage to step forward and ask to take the fifth
penalty kick. He said she will be one to watch in 2019. Lavogez is only 21 and part of the young guard that also includes Kenza Dali
, Kadidiatou Diani
and Griedge Mbock Bathy. TRIVIA.
Sasic's tying penalty kick kept Germany
perfect from the spot at the Women's World Cup. When you add in its perfect string of five penalty kicks in its first-ever shootout, Germany is now 17-for-17 on penalty kicks. June 26 in Montreal Germany 1 France 1 (Germany wins 5-4 on penalties).
Goals: Sasic pen. 84; Necib 64. Germany --
Angerer; Maier, Krahn, Peter, Kemme; Goessling (Behringer, 79), Leupolz, Laudehr; Mittag (Marozsan, 46), Popp (Dabritz, 70), Sasic. France --
Bouhaddi; Houara, Georges, Renard, Majri; Thomis (Lavogez, 69), Henry, Abily, Necib; Delie (Hamraoui, 101), Le Sommer (Thiney, 91). Yellow Cards:
Germany -- Mittag, 37, Goessling 68, Marozsan 68, Leupolz, 91 -- France -- Delie 55, Georges 57. Referee:
Carol-Anne Chenard (Canada). Att.: