German football players celebrated their biggest win so far in this World Cup qualifier with smiling faces. National coach Martina Vos-Tecklenburg’s team defeated Turkey’s overwhelming selection 8–0 (3–0) in Braunschweig.
It was the fifth win in five matches for the 2016 Olympic champions on the way to the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. “Today was a good day in many, many areas,” Vos-Tecklenburg praised his team, who were enthusiastic about the game and hungry for goals.
In front of 2,583 spectators, Lee Schuler (7th, 11th and 67th minutes), Juul Brand (62nd), Laura Fregang (74th), Sjoke Nusken (80th) and Clara Buhl (88th) scored for the hosts. Less than a minute later, 1–0 was counted by the Kezban tag as his goal, not Schuler’s favour. Otherwise, the FC Bayern striker would have scored a hat-trick early on. It was the biggest win in this World Cup qualifier after beating Bulgaria and Israel 7–0.
“You just saw that we’re up for it on the pitch and everybody wants the ball,” Nusken said in a ZDF interview. “The goals were all scored well and we need to build on that against Portugal.”
The German team leads Group H with 15 points in front of Portugal (13) and widens their goal difference to 28:1. There will be a duel between the two toughest rivals in Faro on Tuesday (7:00 pm). Only the first in the group qualifies for the final tournament directly in 2023. The runner-up plays in the playoffs for two more places.
However, Turkey, ranked 69th in the FIFA world rankings, was not an equal opponent for DFB selection. Still, Voss-Tecklenburg insisted: “You can see that we have the capability, we have the quality.” Your team will have its first international tournament at the European Championships in England in July 2022, since the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals.
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Without ailing playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsan of US club OL Reign, Frankfurt’s versatile Nusken wore the number 10. Together with Paris professional Sarah Dabritz and Munich’s Lena Magel, he promoted his team’s attacking game. However, the hosts missed many chances.
Clara Buhl and Lena Oberdorff were in the starting XI for the first time after a long injury break. Experienced defender Marina Hegering (all FC Bayern) came back in the second half. Chelsea substitute Melanie Leupolz took over the captaincy and playmaking roles after the break.
Schuler made it 4-0 through Hoffenheim fire to shine as a preparer before Buhl hit the crossbar (57′) first. On the next goal, Wirbelwind fired Schuler. Joker Freigang of Eintracht Frankfurt then scored his ninth goal in his tenth international.
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