MATCH REPORT | Struggle against Germany means Spain depends on itself in final group clash (2-0)

Portadown (Irlanda del Norte) 11 Ago 2017
Saúl Ramos
Jesús Acebes
Goals by Graf and Orschmann handed Germany the win against Spain, who depends on itself to qualify for the U19 EURO semifinals

Portadown, located 40km from Belfast, bore witness to Spain's second game in the Women's U19 EURO and true to its name, Port an Dúnain or Strength Port, the players put up a good fight against Germany. 

Two key players were missing from the line-up, Aitana Bonmatí and Maite Oroz, along with two changes due to injury, Spain had to face up to Germnay, six-time European champion in the category, and, one of the favourites in the current tournament. 

Far from succumbing to its rival, Spain started off a one on one duel against the German side, who counted with the same line-up as against Northern Ireland three days before. 

The National Team wanted and held onto to the ball in the first moment s of the game against German players who tried to steal and counterattack. 

Paula Fernández and Lucía García went for goals, but struggled as well as Damaris Egurrola breaking up plays and handing precision passes. 
 

In the 25th minute was key because they could have scored the equalizer

The key moment of the match was the 25th minute when Laura Pérez invented a centre shot straight at the German keeper, but Fischer stretched beyond capacity to save a would-be goal. In the following action Freigang dribbled down to the Spanish goal, passing to Graf who skimmed the ball to the net. 

Andrea Sierra's discomfort called for a change to Natalia Ramos half an hour in, who along with Ainhoa for Nuria due to an ankle injury, were subbed out. 

Once the match resumed Germany kicked things up a notch and Noelia Ramos was forced to perform. 

The Spanish side seemed to get excited but an unfortunate action by Orschmann became the second and final goal of the match. 

Now, Spain depends on itself to reach the semifinals and earn a ticket to the U20 France World Cup. Scotland is the final stepping stone and now our players will have to work on recovering to play in the best conditions. 

   

MATCH REPORT
Germany:
Fischer, Kleinherme, Schöppl (Pawollek 46´), Orschmann, Siems, Minge, Graf (Linder 74´), Gwinn, Gerhardt, Freigang and Bühl (Rieke 83´).

Head Coach: Maren Meinert
Spain:
Noelia Ramos, Andrea Sierra (Natalia Ramos 30´), Lucía Rodríguez, Ona Batlle, Carmen Menayo, Patricia Guijarro, Paula Fernández, Damaris Egurrola, Laura Pérez (Ana Marcos 68´), Nuria R. Blanco (Ainhoa López 46´) and Lucía García.

Head Coach: Pedro López 
1-0 (25´) Graf skimmed the ball in, close 
2-0 (63´) Orschmann surprise foul-kick
Barbara Poxhofer (AUT): Booked Freigan (90´) for Germany and Patricia Guijarro (61´) and Natalia Ramos (63´ y 87´), who was sent off
Assistant referees: Gabriela Hanakova (CZ) and Iuliia Petrova (RUS)
4th official: Rebecca Welch (ENG)
Second Group Stage Match - Women's U19 EURO, Northern Ireland
Shamrock Park. Portadown (Northern Ireland)