Germany claimed top spot in their group at the ongoing WWC as they lashed South Africa 4 nil in Montpellier on Monday evening. Following 1-0 wins in their previous two matches against China and Spain, the Olympic champions progressed to the last 16 in style, while their opponent was sent parking after securing a third consecutive defeat.
A brilliant header from midfielder Melanie Leupolzs put Germany in front just after 14 minutes of play And her former Bayern Munich teammate Sara Däbritz, who recently signed for Paris Saint-Germain in May, doubled Germany’s lead on the 29th minute as she got on the score sheet for the second successive game. The goal rush for the first half ended with Alexandra Popp’s goal at the 40thminute. Lina Magulls was not left out of the goal festival as her 59th minute strike was the only one for the last half.
The Olympic champions won all three of their group stage matches for the fourth time – after 1991, 2003 and 2011 and this is the third time they have gone through a group stage without conceding – 1991 and 2007 were the others.
Bayana Bayana’s defeat to Germany left them with no chance to move to the next round, making them the first team to be eliminated from the tournament. However, Captain Janine Van Wyk who was trying to stay positive despite their exit from the WWC said they were up against the second-best team in the world and they had to learn from their mistakes.