Gwinn scores as Ger­many beats China 1-0

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - As­so­ci­ated Press

Gi­u­lia Gwinn scored a sec­ond-half win­ner as two-time cham­pion Ger­many opened its Women’s World Cup cam­paign by beating China 1-0 on Satur­day.

Gwinn’s pow­er­ful 66thminute shot from the edge of the penalty area flew into the left cor­ner. The ball fell to her af­ter Chi­nese de­fend­ers failed to prop­erly clear a cor­ner floated in from the right.

In an even first half at Roazhon Park, in the Brit­tany city of Rennes, Ger­many de­fender Carolin Si­mon hit the cross­bar and China striker Yang Li hit the post.

China failed to take ad­van­tage of pres­sure it cre­ated in the sec­ond half.

Ger­many won its last ti­tle in 2007 and next faces South Africa.


Spain 3, South Africa 1:

Spain won a game at the Women’s World Cup for the first time, beating South Africa 3-1 be­hind two penalty kicks by Jennifer Hermoso in Le Havre, France.

Spain, ranked No. 13 in the world, fin­ished last in its group four years ago in Canada, the coun­try’s only other ap­pear­ance in the tour­na­ment. Norway 3, Nige­ria 0:

Guro Reiten and Lisa Marie Ut­land scored to help Norway open the Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 vic­tory over Nige­ria in Reims, France.

The 1995 win­ners played with­out Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 FIFA Bal­lon d’Or win­ner who stepped down from the na­tional team be­cause of what she says are dif­fer­ences in the way the fed­er­a­tion treats the men’s and women’s teams.

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