Germany have done it! A 0-0 draw to Wales on Tuesday was enough to qualify for the playoffs of the Women’s Nations League, thanks to Denmark’s 0-1 loss to Iceland on the final Matchday of the group stage.
Germany had the run of possession but coach Horst Hrubesch will be disappointed with the lack of attacking output, which handed Wales their only result better than a loss in League A Group 3. The Welsh conceded 15 goals in the other five games, including a 5-1 defeat to Germany on October 27th.
Alexandra Popp and Svenja Huth led the line for the Germans. Bayern Munich winger Klara Bühl was the club’s only representative in the XI, although Giulia Gwinn and Linda Dallmann entered as substitutes.
Entering today, Germany and Denmark were tied on points, and so Germany’s inability to score gave the Danes a way back to the top of the group. However, Bayern Munich forward Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir — currently on loan at Leverkusen — fired Iceland to a win with a well-taken goal in the 77th minute. Denmark out-shot Iceland 20 to 6, so it was just as well that Germany did not suffer a similar fate in its own game.
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