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FINAL! Germany 3 - 0 Finland: Initial reactions and observations

A tune-up for the knockouts. No injuries, please!

Finland v Germany: Group B - UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images for DFB

Final! Initial reactions and observations

  • Germany keep it perfect: 3 wins, 9 goals, 0 conceded.
  • A smooth, almost easy-going performance. Germany didn’t stop pushing for goals but it had a training grounds feel at times.
  • Strong showing from subs and first-time starters, particularly Nicole Anyomi! The Vfl Wolfsburg player came on to orchestrate, then score a goal to put the game away.
  • For those inclined to scrutiny, there was maybe the loose pass here or there; the rushed decision in the attacking third. But Finland were so far outclassed, and the stakes so low, it’s hard to draw too many conclusions — particularly of the negative variety.
  • Every game from here on out is an elimination game. These ladies look absolutely ready.

Be sure to check our our fuller match observations and highlights coverage as well:

63’: Anyomi again! Smashing home from mid range in the right half-space. The substitute fullback is having herself a ball. Germany in cruise control now.

48’: TOR!!!!! Not sure which goal was prettier. The substitutes make an instant impact as Anyomi picks out the overlap and Hendrich delivers an outstanding cross. Alexandra Popp rises to make it three for three in this tournament. She flashes the German three in celebration.

46’: Second half underway! Two changes in defense for Germany, with Nicole Anyomi and Kathrin Hendrich coming on for Giulia Gwinn and Marina Hegering.

Half-time thoughts

  • An important late goal sees Germany 7-0 in the tournament so far and taking a lead into the break in all three games.
  • Despite totally dominating the game, there’s a lot of German attacks fizzling out harmlessly with the final pass. Finland are back in numbers and it’s taking some work to pull them out of sorts.
  • Finland had at least a couple of really nice chances on the break. Marina Hegering made another crucial intervention to ensure Germany didn’t fall behind early.
  • A number of players have now logged tons of minutes. Rotation coming at the break?

40’: It’s been coming! Germany finally get their breakthrough, with replacement left-back Sophia Kleinherne latching onto a cross to tap into the empty net.

Lineups are out!

Finland vs Germany

With Group B in hand, the Germans can now be their favorite word — relaxed. It’s important not to be too high-strung for the entire tournament, and also to refresh in time for the knockout stages.

Everything we’ve seen from this team so far shows a cohesive unit that’s feeling it. They’re demolishing the field and having fun.

“If someone would have told us [that Germany would be 2-0 with zero goals conceded], we’d have all been pinching ourselves,” coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg told “We’re pleased...we’ve been brilliant and earned it. We’ve grown together as a team, believed in ourselves and developed our strengths. It’s a great position going forward. We’ve still got more potential.”

Germany’s forced absences will include Bayern Munich star striker Lea Schüller (COVID), as well as midfielder Lena Oberdorf and defender Felicitas Rauch (both from Vfl Wolfsburg, and both due to yellow card accumulation). That said, Voss-Tecklenburg may opt for more rotation. Bayern midfielder Lina Magull’s status will also be one to monitor — hamstring issues caused her to be substituted off at half-time against Spain.

Match Info

Location: Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

Time: 3pm EST, 8pm local time

TV/streaming: Vix, ESPN/ESPN2 (USA), BBC (UK); find your options at livesoccertv

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