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BERLIN: Germany went on to win their second back-to-back match at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Wednesday. Sara Dabritz’s goal in the first half of the match helped Germany seal the win against Spain.

Notably, it was Spain who were dominating the match well into the first half but some sloppy work by their defence undid all the good work they had put in till then as Dabritz’s shot went past the goalkeeper.

Germany’s win has confirmed a spot for them in the knockout stage of the tournament as they had already beaten China in their opening game.

On the other hand, Spain will believe that they have a fine side. Their style of play is poetry in motion and so is the technical brilliance of some of their players. However, they just haven’t been able to hold onto the crucial moments in the match.

Meanwhile Germany haven’t put their best foot forward yet have somehow managed to win both their contests. As the tournament progresses ahead, they will have to play their best brand of football. Their defence has been solid but an improvement from their forwards can strengthen their chances at the knockout stages where each team will strive to give their best and go on to clinch the coveted World Cup Trophy.

Here is a statistic to bring in more clarity. While Germany have scored as many as 78 goals in the group stages of Women’s World Cup, they have only conceded 14 goals – a testimony to the remarkable German defence.

However, their attacking style of football hasn’t been that effective in this tournament and that is an area where they would like to work upon.

In FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, Germany meet South Africa on 17 June, Monday (IST) while Spain meets China on the same day.