Ger­many moves past France on penalty kicks

Na­dine Angerer stops Claire Lavo­gez on the fi­nal shootout at­tempt as Ger­mans ad­vance.

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GER­MANY 1 ( 5) FRANCE 1 ( 4)

MON­TREAL — Ger­many Coach Sil­via Neid needed f ive vol­un­teers for the shootout that could beat France and put the two- time Women’s World Cup cham­pi­ons into the semi­fi­nals. She got four. Some of her play­ers were look­ing down at their shoes. Oth­ers were on the bench, nurs­ing the wounds they picked up dur­ing 120 min­utes of phys­i­cal play on ar­ti­fi­cial turf that left France’s Kheira Ham­raoui on the side­line, her face soaked in blood, beg­ging to get back into the game.

Midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, who had twisted an an­kle, said she would try.

“I don’t know how she did it, to walk up to the spot,” Neid re­called with amaze­ment. “I said, ‘ Oh, my good­ness. If we have to con­tinue, some­body has to go.’ ”

All f ive Ger­mans con­verted, then Na­dine Angerer stopped Claire Lavo­gez on the f inal shootout at­tempt and Ger­many beat France, 5- 4 on penalty kicks, af­ter a 1- 1 tie Fri­day.

“France is an ex­tremely good team. We all saw it,” said Neid, whose team will play the United States in the semi­fi­nals Tues­day.

“We had to play for 120 min­utes to­day, and we will have to rest. We have some in­jured play­ers,” she said. “But we are among the best four teams in the world, and maybe there is some more life left in us.”

Celia Sa­sic tied the score in the 84th minute, and Angerer stopped the one shootout at­tempt top- ranked Ger­many needed for its first World Cup win on penalty kicks. The 2003 and ’ 07 cham­pi­ons have a chance to add another tro­phy af­ter their win over No. 3 France in a match that was seen as an “early fi­nal.”

Louisa Necib put France ahead in the 64th minute as Les Bleues con­trolled the first half and more. But Sa­sic scored the equal­izer — her tour­na­ment- lead­ing sixth goal — on a penalty kick af­ter a hand ball, and then con­verted in the shootout as well to give Ger­many the edge.

“I think our team has proven its char­ac­ter. Be­cause you have to f lip that switch in the sec­ond half, and we did that ex­tremely well,” Neid said. “And then we had Na­dine Angerer, who can hold a penalty kick.”

With Ger­many shoot­ing f irst, Me­lanie Behringer, Si­mone Laudehr, Ba­bett Peter and Marozsan all con­verted kicks for the Ger­mans, and Gae­tane Thiney, Camille Abily, Necib and Wendie Re­nard tied the score for France.

Sa­sic put the Ger­mans back ahead and Lavo­gez ran up to the spot and kicked the ball to Angerer’s left. Angerer dived and blocked the ball with her left knee, set­ting off a Ger­man cel­e­bra­tion.

An­dre Pichette Euro­pean Pressphoto Agency

FRANCE MIDFIELDER Claire Lavo­gez bites team­mate Jes­sica Houara’s shirt af­ter miss­ing a point in the penalty shootout against Ger­many.

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