The World Cup qualification is already secured, on the last matchday the German soccer players go to Bulgaria. National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg changes her starting eleven ten times, which then has no trouble with the opponent. Early on, the only question is how high it will be in the end.
With a smile on her face, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg applauded the successful performance of the German soccer players at the end of the previously successful World Cup qualification. "There is not much to complain about today," said the national coach after the 8-0 (3-0) thrashing of the DFB selection against Bulgaria. "We finished the campaign in a serious manner and are going home satisfied because no one was injured."
Lea Schüller (35th/45th 1/52nd minute), Laura Freigang (45th/64th/87th), Sydney Lohmann (54th) and Svenja Huth (81st) scored from the penalty spot in front of almost empty ranks in Plovdiv the goals for the European Championship runners-up, who, before the autumn classics against France and world champion USA, advertised himself with enthusiasm and goal-scoring.
And that despite the fact that Martina Voss-Tecklenburg had rotated vigorously in the meaningless game. Only Linda Dallmann remained in the starting XI after the arduous 3-0 win in Turkey last Saturday, through which the DFB selection had bought their ticket for the 2023 World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand ahead of time.
For the first time in more than three years, long-standing goalkeeper Almuth Schult was between the posts of the German goal. "It's a special moment for her to be on the pitch and to show that it's possible to return to competitive sport as a mother," said Voss-Tecklenburg before kick-off on TV channel One.
The first chance after 20 minutes was more of a coincidence. A cross from Jule Brand landed on the crossbar of the Bulgarian goal. After almost half an hour, Schüller was free to finish, but aimed too high at full speed. A little later, the "footballer of the year" broke the spell.
The attacking game went like clockwork. After Linda Dallmann initially only hit the wood, Freigang and again Schüller followed up before the break. It was also the 24-year-old from runners-up Bayern Munich who continued the DFB women's pursuit of goals after the change.
After just over an hour, the three-goal scorer had to come off the field, and captain Alexandra Popp came on for her. Despite the clear lead, the German team didn't let up in their attacking efforts until the end and rewarded themselves with more goals.
On the way to the next title hunt (July 20 to August 20, 2023), the World Cup draw will now take place in Auckland on October 22. After that, the planning of the preparation begins, in which the top teams are to be tested. The new edition of the European Championship semi-final against France is scheduled for October 7th in Dresden. A guest appearance with the world champions in the USA is planned for November. For the national players, however, the focus is initially on the start of the season with the clubs.
(This article was first published on Tuesday, September 06, 2022.)