Gwinn scores as Ger­many beats China 1-0

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

NO­TABLE

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.

DAVID VIN­CENT AP

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.

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