Germany looking for more after easing into last eight of 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup
Alexandra Popp, Sara Dabritz and Lea Schuller were all on target as Germany cruised to victory at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble
Germany maintained their perfect 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup record by reaching the quarter-finals with another solid performance in a 3-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday, but they are looking for more.
Alexandra Popp, Sara Dabritz and Lea Schuller were all on target as Germany cruised to victory at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
The two-time champions have yet to concede a goal in four games and were almost always in control, even without key midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan who might be back for their next game against Sweden or Canada.
"Coaches are never 100 per cent happy but that was a great performance and it’s fantastic to be in the quarter-finals," Germany manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg told a news conference.
"We’ve played four very tough matches in very different conditions, with the heat tough today, and we’ve dealt with all that very well.
"I’m very happy that we now have one week to relax and prepare for the quarter-finals. Part of that will be working on improving our performance in certain phases of the match, gaining more ground, becoming more confident and now allowing ourselves to get frustrated by small details.”
The Olympic champions have a week to prepare for next Saturday's game at Rennes' Roazhon Park, meaning Marozsan could have time to complete her recovery from a foot injury.
"I might even be able to come back. It will remain painful for weeks, but I am not scared," the midfielder, the French league's best player in the last three seasons, said.
"I probably cannot play an entire match but I was happy I was not needed today."
There was obvious disappointment on the Nigeria side, but the African champions got a feel of the improvements they need to make to reach the top level.
"It’s important to play high-level teams like Germany because the players can see that even the smallest mistakes get punished," manager Thomas Dennerby said.
"But the second half was really good and now we just need to focus on improving and using all the Fifa dates to play matches. Because we have some really talented players back in Nigeria.”
Elsewhere, Australia manager Ante Milicic praised his side's resilience after they were knocked out of the last 16 in a shoot-out by Norway.
A goal down in the first half, the Matildas sent the game to extra time when Elise Kellond-Knight scored with seven minutes left. Australia then had defender Alanna Kennedy sent off in the extra period but still managed to hang on for penalties.
The Norwegians won the shoot-out 4-1 to advance to the quarter-finals against either England or Cameroon in Le Havre on Thursday.
"They never gave up, they kept on fighting," Milicic said. "They really did things the hard way and in the end, we couldn't climb the final hurdle."
Published: June 23, 2019 10:14 AM