Germany, six times european champions, sealed their first victory in the tournament this year, but they were pushed all the way by Italy who were eliminated by their 2-1 in Tilburg.
Steffi Jones, with the aim to recover from a disappointing 0-0 with Sweden in their first match, looked on course for a routine win when Josephine Henning opened the scoring on 19 minutes. The goalkeeper of Italy, Laura Giuliani, he spilled the ball from a free kick, allowing Henning to head Germany in front.
Their advantage lasted only 10 minutes, however, before Ilaria Mauro turned in Barbara Bonansea the cross of clash of the defending champions. The scores stayed until the break â€“ although Mauro is going to outside of the moments beforehand.
With over an hour played Germany I could not find a second goal, but the game turned in the 66th minute. Anja Mittag was shot down by Giuliani in the penalty area and Babett Peter sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Italy lost their discipline and Elisa Bartoli was ejected after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession. Despite their numerical inferiority, Italy pressed for an equalizer and Anna Schult produced an excellent save to deny Bonansea in the final moments.
Sweden leads Group B after seeing off Russia
Germany still has to settle for second place in the group, as Sweden to sit in the highest place after a 2-0 victory over Russia in Deventer. Sweden’s captain Lotta Schelin opened the scoring before Stina Blackstenius to seal the victory in the second half.
Russia had upset Italy in the opening match, but were unable to take out another shock against Sweden, which dominated from the start and took the lead midway through the first half.
Lotta Schelin (No8) celebrates with his Sweden team-mates after scoring the first goal. Photograph: Christopher Lee/UEFA via Getty Images
Ekaterina Sochneva downed Magdalena Ericsson and the left-back, taking the free kick himself, floating the ball into the area. where the goalkeeper, Tatiana Schcherback, misjudged the flight, allowing Schelin to head the ball home unchallenged.
In the 51st minute Blackstenius burst through on goal and saw his shot deflect off of Anna Kozhnikova, before finding the net via the post. Schelin missed the chance to add a third with 15 minutes to go, the more game as Sweden comfortably secured the victory, while Blackstenius was replaced after suffering a head injury.
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“We are now in a good position before the game in Italy,” Schelin said. “We are confident in the defense against Germany and now we scored two goals, so that gives us strength”.
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