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Melanie Leuploz 24, Lena Petermann 56, 58, Sara Daebritz 73
Thailand named one change from the team that had beaten Cote D’Ivoire with Rattikan Thongsombut replacing Nisa Romyen.
Germany named six changes with Bianca Schmidt, Melanie Behringer, Lena Lotzen, Babett Peter, Jennifer Cramer and Melanie Leupolz replacing Leonie Maier, Lena Goessling, Simone Laudehr, Saskia Bartusiak, Tabea Kemme and Anja Mittag.
Within three minutes, Germany had created a couple of great chances. Melanie Behringer’s shot was well tipped around the post by Waraporn Boonsing. And from the resulting corner, Babett Peter saw her header cleared off the line by Sunisa Srangthaisong.
Germany kept on coming. Bianca Schmidt’s cross picked out Sara Daebritz who volleyed into the side-netting. Then a quick passing move opened up room for Behringer to have a shot at goal, but her effort was saved low down at the near post by Boonsing. The ball then set up nice for Dzsenifer Marozsan, but she directed her volley straight at the keeper.
Thailand then launched a counter-attack through Kanjara Sung-Ngoen who just as she reached the box, cut inside which allowed Krahn to blocked her shot behind for a corner. From that corner, Maijarern picked out Sung-Ngoen, but she could only volley wide.
And then Germany took the lead. Behringer’s corner picked out Leupolz whose powerful header flew into the top corner, despite Srangthaisong’s best efforts to clear.
Dzsenifer Marozsan missed a hat-trick of great chances. She was picked out by Daebritz’s cross, but she headed wide of the near post. Then Behringer’s dinked chip picked Marozsan out, but her deft header was well saved by Boonsing. And then she broke into the box, but her shot was superbly saved by Boonsing.
Germany had a couple of great chances early in the second half. Leupolz’s delightful ball sent Anja Mittag through, but her effort was well saved. And then Daebritz picked out Lena Lotzen but she could only head wide.
But finally they did score. A quick and decisive passing move sent Schmidt down the right, she played the ball past one defender and then, at the byline, crossed to Lena Petermann who was nearly on the goal line as she headed in.
Two minutes later, it was 3-0, as Behringer’s corner picked out Petermann who scored with a second header.
And then they got their fourth. Another lovely German passing move played Mittag into a position to cut the ball across the six-yard box and the ball eventually fell to Daebritz who was left with a tap-in.
They had a couple more chances, with Lotzen heading wide and then Mittag missing the target. but the game petered out until the final whistle.
Melanie Leupolz – Germany
Thailand: (4-4-2) Waraporn Boonsing, Warunee Phetwiset, Natthakarn Chinwong, Duangnapa Sritala (c), Sunisa Srangthaisong, Raittikan Thonsombut (Darut Changplook 89), Pikul Khueanpet, Silawan Intamee, Annotsar Maijarern (Alisa Rukpininj 87), Orathai Srimanee (Wilaiporn Boothduang 79), Kanjana Sung-Ngoen.
Booked: Annotsar Maijarern 82.
Germany: (4-2-3-1) Nadine Angerer (c), Bianca Schmidt, Annike Krahn (Josephine Henning 61), Babett Peter, Jennifer Cramer, Melanie Behringer, Melanie Leupolz, Lena Lotzen, Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lena Petermann HT), Sara Daebritz, Celia Sacic (Anja Mittag HT).
Goals: Melanie Leupolz 24, Lena Petermann 56, 58, Sara Daebritz 73.