Germany overpower Icelandic hosts to state intent
Germany kicked off their UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship title defence with a resounding Group A victory over Iceland in front of 707 spectators in Grindavik.
The holders quickly stated their intent with two first-half strikes and proceeded to rack up a 5-0 success at the host nation’s expense, Victoria Krug, Stefanie Sanders with a brace, Jule Dallmann and Dina Orschmann the scorers.
While Germany had found their range by plundering 16 goals in three elite round qualifiers, Úlfar Hinriksson’s team had been restricted to WU17 friendly matches this season against Finland and the Republic of Ireland – all lost. Not surprisingly Germany began better, and after the Icelanders failed to heed the warning of Anna Gerhardt’s dangerous cross, Krug punished them by turning in Isabella Möller’s corner. Krug nearly had a second too, heading over the bar.
For all the promise shown by Andrea Celeste Thorisson in the Icelandic midfield, the more pertinent question was always going to be how to stop the four-time champions – appearing in their seventh (out of eight) final tournament. Stefanie Sanders made things no clearer by racing through to slot the second for Anouschka Bernhard’s side close to half-time, then repeated the trick just after it.
Iceland had crashed 8-2 to the Germans in the third-place game in 2011. Goalkeeper Ingibjörg Valgeirsdóttir prevented similar damage this time until late long-range efforts from substitutes Dallmann and Orschmann – the latter within 30 seconds of her introduction. A salutary lesson for the home team.
• Fifth-minute Victoria Krug goal sets holders on way
• Iceland battle bravely but Stefanie Sanders nets either side of half-time
• Jule Dallmann and Dina Orschmann wrap up win from distance
• Germany v Spain and Iceland v England on Thursday