UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Final

The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Final was an association football match on 28 July 2013 at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden, to determine the winner of UEFA Women's Euro 2013. The match was won by the defending champions Germany, who earned their sixth consecutive European title – and eighth in total – with a 1–0 win over Norway.

The match took place in front of a record crowd for a Women's European Championship fixture as 41,301 spectators saw Anja Mittag score the only goal of the game in the 49th minute. Norway were awarded two penalties during the match but both were saved by German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.[1]

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Final
Swedbank Arena 1
EventUEFA Women's Euro 2013
Germany Norway
Germany Norway
1 0
Date28 July 2013
VenueFriends Arena, Solna, Sweden
Player of the MatchNadine Angerer (Germany)[1]
RefereeCristina Dorcioman (Romania)
Attendance41,301
WeatherScattered clouds
25 °C (77 °F)[2]

Background

Germany had previously won the competition a record seven times (including one title as West Germany) and had won six of the seven tournaments staged under its current title and status (in 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009). Three of their seven titles had come after defeating Norway in the final.[3] Despite losing three finals, Norway had twice previously managed to win the competition: in 1987 under its original title of the UEFA European Competition for Representative Women's Teams, and in 1993; the only time since the competition was given European Championship status by UEFA that Germany did not win the competition.[4] With this unparalleled record in European women's football, Germany had begun the tournament as the number one ranked team, with Norway ranked fifth in UEFA's coefficient ranking before the competition.[5]

The two teams had already met during the finals just eleven days earlier. In their final game of the group stage, Norway became the first team to defeat Germany in any form of UEFA Women's Euros fixture since they lost a qualifying match in May 1996, again against the Norwegians.[6][4] Prior to the final, the two sides had previously met each other a total of 36 times, with Germany winning 17 and Norway 14.[4] The 2013 Final was the fourth time that the two teams had met in the competition's final.[4]

Route to the final

Both teams began the tournament in Group B and achieved qualification for the knockout stage by gaining four points from their first two fixtures (both facing Iceland and the Netherlands, respectively).[7] Although Germany led the group going into their final group matchday meeting on goal difference,[7] Norway were able to defeat the Germans 1–0 through an Ingvild Isaksen goal to top the group and face Group C runner-up Spain in the quarter-final round.[6]

Norway comfortably beat the Spanish team in a game that saw them three goals ahead by the 65th minute, eventually progressing as 3–1 victors.[8] In their semi-final against Denmark, the Norwegians took a third-minute lead but their advantage was eventually cancelled out three minutes from full-time to send the game into extra time. After no further additions to the 1–1 scoreline, Norway successfully converted all four of their penalty kicks to win the shootout 4–2.[9] Germany advanced through the knockout stage with two successive 1–0 wins, which firstly eliminated Italy,[10] then the host nation Sweden in two tightly-contested matches.[11]

Germany Round Norway
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
 Netherlands 0–0 Match 1  Iceland 1–1
 Iceland 3–0 Match 2  Netherlands 1–0
 Norway 0–1 Match 3  Germany 1–0
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
 Germany 3 1 1 1 3 1 +2 4
 Iceland 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
 Netherlands 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
Source:
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
 Germany 3 1 1 1 3 1 +2 4
 Iceland 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
 Netherlands 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
Source:
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Italy 1–0 Quarter-final  Spain 3–1
 Sweden 1–0 Semi-final  Denmark 1–1 (aet) (4–2 pen.)

Match

Team selection

Neither team had any suspensions; indeed no red cards were shown during the entire tournament. In Germany's only change to their starting XI in their semi-final victory, Célia Okoyino da Mbabi, who had scored a record 19 goals during the overall qualification campaign and final tournament but had suffered a hamstring injury during their quarter-final win, was now fit enough to start. She replaced Anja Mittag, who had been pushed forward from her usual midfield role to cover Okoyino da Mbabi, as the main forward.

Despite having played 120 minutes in their semi-final three days earlier, Norway had no injury concerns ahead of the match. Coach Even Pellerud opted to make one change from their previous game as Cathrine Dekkerhus was selected ahead of Ingvild Isaksen in central midfield.

Summary

In the opening moments a German free-kick from the right was met by a looping header from Nadine Keßler which Ingrid Hjelmseth in the Norwegian goal managed to keep out from underneath the crossbar.[1] The opening half-hour brought several other opportunities for Germany, but Norway received the best chance to take the lead when Okoyino da Mbabi was adjudged to have brought down Cathrine Dekkerhus in the area and a penalty kick was awarded in the 29th minute. Trine Bjerke Rønning struck the ball powerfully but centrally and the German captain Nadine Angerer blocked it with her outstretched leg.[1]

2011-08 Nadine Angerer
Nadine Angerer saved two penalties by Norway.

The deadlock was broken four minutes into the second-half when Okoyino da Mbabi's fast run along the left drew the attentions of the Norwegian defence.[1] She was therefore able to square the ball into the centre of the penalty area, where an unmarked Anja Mittag – a half-time replacement for Lena Lotzen – was awaiting to side-foot the ball into the net from close range.[1]

Germany then had further chances to increase their lead as two efforts from Okoyino da Mbabi had to be blocked on the goal-line by Norway.[1] However, on the hour mark, Norway received a second penalty when Saskia Bartusiak fouled Caroline Graham Hansen.[1] After Rønning's earlier miss, Solveig Gulbrandsen was instead chosen to take the kick but it was again saved by Angerer as she leapt to her left.[1]

Norway did finally have the ball in the net four minutes later when Ada Hegerberg turned Maren Mjelde's drilled cross in, but it was ruled out for offside.[1] In the 72nd minute the Norwegian substitute Elise Thorsnes beat Angerer to a lofted through-ball but poked it narrowly wide.[1] Eight minutes from time, Germany almost sealed victory when Leonie Maier crossed dangerously for Nadine Keßler to shoot, but her effort was scuffed and clipped the post.[1] However, the single-goal advantage proved sufficient as the time ran out on Norway's attempts to win an equaliser.

Details

Germany 1–0 Norway
Mittag Goal 49' Report
Germany[13]
Norway[13]
Germany
GERMANY:
GK 1 Nadine Angerer (c)
RB 4 Leonie Maier
CB 5 Annike Krahn Yellow card 70'
CB 3 Saskia Bartusiak
LB 15 Jennifer Cramer
DM 8 Nadine Keßler
CM 20 Lena Goeßling
RW 9 Lena Lotzen Substituted off 46'
AM 10 Dzsenifer Marozsán
LW 6 Simone Laudehr Substituted off 77'
CF 13 Célia Okoyino da Mbabi
Substitutions:
FW 11 Anja Mittag Substituted in 46'
DF 2 Bianca Schmidt Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Silvia Neid
GER-NOR-2013-07-28
Norway
NORWAY:
GK 1 Ingrid Hjelmseth
RB 6 Maren Mjelde
CB 7 Trine Bjerke Rønning
CB 3 Marit Fiane Christensen Substituted off 85'
LB 5 Toril Hetland Akerhaugen
DM 4 Ingvild Stensland (c) Substituted off 76'
CM 8 Solveig Gulbrandsen Substituted off 68'
DM 22 Cathrine Dekkerhus
RW 10 Caroline Graham Hansen
LW 16 Kristine Wigdahl Hegland
CF 21 Ada Hegerberg
Substitutions:
FW 9 Elise Thorsnes Substituted in 68'
MF 19 Ingvild Isaksen Substituted in 76'
FW 11 Leni Larsen Kaurin Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Even Pellerud

Player of the Match:
Nadine Angerer (Germany)[1]

Assistant referees:[12]
Maria Villa Gutiérrez (Spain)
Sian Massey (England)
Fourth official:[12]
Kirsi Heikkinen (Finland)

Match rules[14]

Statistics

Statistic[15] Germany Norway
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 23 9
Shots on target 11 3
Corner kicks 6 6
Fouls committed 12 13
Offsides 2 1
Yellow cards 1 0
Red cards 0 0

Post match

After the match, the trophy was handed to the German captain and Player of the Match Award winner Nadine Angerer by UEFA president Michel Platini. The German squad celebrated at their team hotel in Solna before returning home to a public reception at Frankfurt's town hall. Here, they were greeted by a crowd outside the building in excess of 7,000.[16]

References

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  2. ^ "Weather history for Stockholm Bromma, Sweden". Wunderground.com. 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Germany hold edge in Norway finals". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "Norway aim to end Germany final jinx". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ "UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Ranking" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Germany fall to a first defeat in 17 years". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b "'Hunted' Germany relaxed for Norway test". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Norway ease past Spain into semi-finals". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 22 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Norway defeat Denmark on penalties to reach final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Germany through as Laudehr sinks Italy". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 21 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Marozsán fires Germany past Sweden into final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 June 2013.
  12. ^ a b c "Dorcioman appointed to referee final". UEFA. uefa.com. 26 July 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Germany-Norway" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Women's Football Championship 2011–13" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. p. 21.
  15. ^ "Germany-Norway statistics". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Triumphant Germany return to heroes' welcome". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.

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Nadine Angerer

Nadine Marejke Angerer (born 10 November 1978) is a retired German footballer who played as a goalkeeper. She played for Frauen-Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich, Turbine Potsdam (with whom she won the 2005 UEFA Women's Cup) and FFC Frankfurt. In 2008, she played for Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Damallsvenskan and she spent two periods on loan with Brisbane Roar of the Australian W-League in 2013 and 2014, before finishing her career with Portland Thorns FC of the American National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). During her extensive international career, Angerer was recognised as one of the world's best female goalkeepers.

Since making her debut for the Germany women's national football team in August 1996, Angerer won a total of 146 caps. She understudied Silke Rottenberg at the UEFA Women's Championship in 1997, 2001 and 2005; the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1999 and 2003; as well as the 2000 and 2004 Olympic football tournaments. When Rottenberg was injured before the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, Angerer took over as first choice and kept a clean sheet in every round as Germany won the tournament. She remained first choice for the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups and the 2008 Olympics.

Germany won the UEFA Women's Championship on each of the five occasions Angerer was involved and won the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003 and 2007. Their best finish at the Olympics was third in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Angerer is a penalty-saving specialist, having stopped Marta's kick in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Final and both Trine Rønning and Solveig Gulbrandsen's during the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Final. She was appointed captain of Germany in 2011 following the retirement of Birgit Prinz. On 13 January 2014, Angerer was named FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first goalkeeper – male or female – to win the award. She announced her retirement for the end of the 2014–15 season on 13 May 2015.

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