The German women footballers simply can not beat the USA: At the SheBelieves Cup the selection of national coach Steffi Jones defeated the hosts with 0: 1 (0: 1) and missed the hoped first sense of achievement against the world champion for over 14 years.
In stormy and frosty Columbus / Ohio, Megan Rapinoe (17th) scored in an intense encounter the gate for the cold-blooded Americans. At the third edition of the high-profile Four Nations Tournament, the DFB squad will face England next on Sunday (21:00) in Harrison, New Jersey.
The World Cup third had previously defeated France in the first game under new national coach Phil Neville last year’s winner France 4: 1 (3: 0). The upcoming World Cup host will be on Wednesday (22:00 clock) at the end of the opponents of the German team, which had taken second place in each of the first two tournament editions.
“We want to win the greatest possible success and every game,” Jones had set before the tournament as a route. And in front of 14,591 spectators in the MAPFRE Stadium, home ground of the MLS club Columbus Crew, the DFB selection was at the beginning of the game slightly better team.
Good final phase of the DFB does not lead to a draw
But the US showed the usual effective – but also with the support of the gusty tailwind. After a long tee and header extension of star striker Alex Morgan winged player Rapinoe punished the surprised German defense with the lead (17). On the opposite side was a post hit after a deflected shot from DFB captain Dzsenifer Marozsán (20) the best scoring chance.
After the break, however, the hosts increased the pressure. The Germans were barely out of their own half at first, goalkeeper Almuth Schult was tested several times in their 50th international match. In addition, Babett Peter had after less than an hour with a foot injury from the field.
Lena Goessling came into play for the defense boss. The Wolfsburg native had returned to the squad following a debate with Jones following a dispute over the non-nomination at last November’s international match. In the final stages of the German selection developed more train to score, the United States focused on bringing the lead over time.
The SheBelieves Cup serves the DFB women this year, above all, as an intensive preparation for the hot phase of the World Cup qualification, which will continue in April. On the way to the finals in the coming year, the two-time world and eight-time European champion after a home defeat against Iceland should allow no further slip-ups.