In the second group game, the DFB women lost 2-1 to Colombia. This means that Germany has to postpone entering the World Cup round of 16 for the time being – also because parallels to the men are opening up. Four insights of the game.
Many experts have predicted that this World Cup will be completely different from the eight previous editions. That so many underdogs could surprise after the second group matchday was not on anyone’s radar. These are our 4 insights after the second game of the DFB women.
1. Women’s football is a tough sport
What tough soccer games we haven’t seen among the men. And gradually some women’s teams have recognized their chance to find their way to the game through toughness. We remember Cameroon or Nigeria at the past World Cup tournaments. And the Colombians’ game against Germany underpinned the numerous headlines about the underdog being overly tough.
Colombia was always looking for physical contact and was sometimes even unfair to rabid. But the Germans accepted this harshness and vigorously countered it. In the center: The ubiquitous Lena Oberdorf, who both had to take it and handed it out. Despite the unfortunate defeat, the DFB team once again showed morale, toughness and toughness. Slide tackles, fouls and tough duels: These rough aspects of the women’s game also make you want more.
2. Germany is flexible
We have already learned one thing from the German team at this World Cup: they are flexible and will find an answer to any personal setback. Because Giulia Gwinn, who was placed on the right, was not available for the World Cup, a strong replacement was found in Svenja Huth – although Huth’s strengths are more on the offensive.
When Marina Hegering was out for the Colombia game, Sara Dorsoun was not just a substitute. The 32-year-old presented herself as a real defender and showed an unexcited, sovereign performance. And when left-back Felicitas Rauch was out due to a sprain, a decent replacement was found in Chantal Hagel. This flexibility is not only essential on the match day itself, it also strengthens the team spirit that is so important for a World Cup tournament.
3. DFB women remember the men’s national team
More game shares and goal chances, less income and in the end a defeat – there was something there. After the game against Colombia, there is an uncanny resemblance to the men’s game. A German team, which actually has more of the game, is defeated by an outsider who twice gets really dangerous in front of goal and scores twice.
On the other side you have numerous chances to decide the game yourself. But the tireless efforts of Magull, Bühl and Co. ultimately produced too little that could be counted. The DFB women must turn off this sloppiness.
4. Women outrank men
In the past, women’s football was often sold like sour beer. Managers, players and fans promoted their favorite sport, but the crowd stayed away. As far as the DFB national team is concerned, the fans preferred to watch Müller, Gnabry and Co. than to cheer for the footballers. This picture seems to have changed in the meantime – and rightly so.
Despite losing to Colombia, this game was another promotion for women’s football. We saw hard, but also technically fine actions on both sides. And what women’s football has often lacked in the past was unpredictability. The goal by Caicedo, the strong through ball from Däbritz to Oberdorf, which finally initiated the 1-1 or the technically fine scenes from Popp or Brand, in women’s football there are now such aha moments at world-class level as we do knew the past of Özil, Kroos or Klose.
In terms of quality, the DFB women have even outstripped the men and recently attracted even more TV viewers. An amazing development that is now making women’s football a serious competitor.
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