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FCB Frauen's Leonie Maier the hero for Germany

Silvia Neid's girls has commenced their SheBelieves Cup's commitments with a 1-0 victory over France, courtesy of a Leonie Maier's goal six minutes from time.

Germany kicked off the first half better than France, pressing high and also being dangerous wide on the flanks, but as the time went by, the latter became more confident and started to conquer meters on the field, however without being dangerous upfront. The match was fairly balanced with France coming close to break the deadlock through Le Sommer just before the half time whistle, when following a whipped cross from the left flank, France's number 9 stretched her leg to direct the ball towards the net, forcing Shult to produce a wonderful save to end the first half at 0-0.

The second half was more exciting with both sides creating goal scoring opportunities, offering more spectacular plays for the spectators at Tampa. Silvia Neid started to introduce new faces on the pitch, without doing too much amendments to the squad rhythm. It was the Les Blues who almost forged ahead though through their talisman Le Sommer who had a shot on target well-parried by Shult, which was also praised by former goalkeeper and Germany's legend, Nadine Angerer.

France kept on piling pressure on Germany and once again they were on the front line when substitute Diani had a wonderful volley off target by inches, but against the run of play, it was Germany who broke the deadlock few minutes later. Corner kick from the right hand side taken by Lena Goessling, which was not properly cleared by France's defense and without thinking twice, FCB Frauen Leonie Maier fired a shot into the net to put the Germans in front. It was a French siege from then on but Germany's back line coped well with the pressure to take all three points from Matchday 1 of the 2016 SheBelieves Cup.

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