Gwinn scores as Germany beats China 1-0
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 in Group B on June 17 in the southern city of Montpellier.
A traditional power in women’s soccer, Germany has appeared in every World Cup competition.
It was a tough Group B opener for China, which is ranked No. 16. The Steel Roses, as the team is known, have never won a World Cup, but they were runners-up in 1999 when the United States famously won on penalties after a scoreless draw at the Rose Bowl.
Brazil: Marta has been ruled out for Brazil’s opening match because of a left thigh injury. The six-time women’s world player of the year was hurt in training on May 24. The 33-year-old has the most World Cup goals with 15. Spain 3, South Africa 1: Spain won a game at the Women’s World Cup for the first time, beating South Africa 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 win against 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.
Germany’s Giulia Gwinn, second from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side’s first goal during the Women’s World Cup Group B soccer match Saturday between Germany and China at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, France. Germany won 1-0.