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Germany win European Championships
Published : 28 Jul 2013 18:31:54Rss feed
Germany won the women's European Championships for a sixth consecutive time as Norway saw two penalties saved and another goal ruled out for offside in a narrow 1-0 defeat in Solna, Sweden.
Anja Mittag got the goal for Germany when she capped a fine passing move in the 49th minute - the game's one true moment of magic ultimately deciding it - but goalkeeper and captain Nadine Angerer was the hero as she saved a penalty in either half.
Norway knew it was not to be their day when they then saw Ada Hegerberg's strike ruled offside midway through the second half.
Germany had looked the most threatening side throughout, creating more and better opportunities in either half.
Celia Okoyino da Mbabi had two great openings within the space of two minutes, first scuffing a shot when it was laid on a plate by Nadine Kessler and then heading wide when she met Simone Laudehr's corner at the near post.
Da Mbabi then made an impact at the other end when she brought down Cathrine Dekkerhus in the area.
However, she was bailed out by Angerer, who adjusted mid-flight to get a knee to Trine Ronning's spot-kick and turn it away.
Germany's goal arrived early in the second half and when it did it lit up the stadium, with a series of first-time passes allowing Laudehr to release Da Mbabi down the left wing.
She pulled the ball back and Mittag, left all alone by a Norwegian defence pulled this way and that, found time and space to fire first-time inside the right-hand post.
Norway soon had another chance from the penalty spot when Caroline Hansen went to force her way between Jennifer Cramer and Dzsenifer Marozsan and was sent sprawling in the process.
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