Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has no intention of letting her side relax after another impressive performance that defeated Spain 2-0 and secured a place in the quarter-finals as Group B winners.
Voss-Tecklenburg’s well-coordinated side swept past Denmark 4-0 in the opening game and proved too strong for a Spanish side looking to build their own momentum after a comfortable win over Finland.
Germany needed just three minutes to open the scoring at the Brentford Community Stadium when Klara Buhl capitalized on a weak defense from Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos and captain Alexandra Popp headed in a second before the break.
Germany finish their group fixtures against Finland in Milton Keynes on Saturday and then face Norway or Austria in the quarter-finals.
Voss-Tecklenburg made a mark after England’s impressive performance on Monday night and insists there is more to come.
“We will not make the mistake of letting things slide. We would do well not to think about the quarter-finals just yet,” said Voss-Tecklenburg at a press conference.
“You didn’t think it would be easier against Norway than against England. We do well to be humble and take the next step.”
Voss-Tecklenburg looking back on the game: “We wanted to operate in two pressing zones. The plan worked right away and the (early) goal played into our hands.
“Then there was a phase in which we didn’t do so well, but then we were able to regulate it 2-0.
“I can only compliment the team for this defensiveness, for the way it hurt, it was outstanding.
“This team is ready to show the discipline and live with what feels good.”
Spain – without the influence of injured Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas – struggled to break a stubborn German rearguard.
They had chances, however, as Lucia Garcia fired to the side netting after a goal was put through and Mariona Caldentey was denied in the second half with a fine save by Merle Frohms.
Coach Jorge Vilda now needs to quickly regroup his side ahead of the all-or-nothing game against Denmark on Saturday.
“I hope that will help us for the next game and for the future,” he said.
“We have to prepare mentally. After the goal we played maybe our best 30 minutes.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/germany-austria-spain-spanish-brentford-community-stadium-b2121831.html No relaxation for Germany despite group victory at Euro 2022