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Celia Sasic pen 84
Shootout: Scored: Melanie Behringer, Simone Laudehr, Babett Peter, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Celia Sasic
Louisa Necib 64
Shootout: Scored: Gaetane Thiney, Camille Abily, Louisa Necib, Wendie Renard. Missed: Claire Lavogez
Germany made one change from their Last 16 win over Sweden, with Babett Peter replacing the suspended Saskia Bartusiak.
France also made one change, with Amel Majri replacing Laure Boulleau at left-back.
France started with intensity and speed that should have seen them take the lead after just one minute. Elodie Thomis used her pace to open up the German defence, and her pass-back set up Louisa Necib on a plate, but somehow the French forward missed the target.
The French continued their good start with a free-kick causing a scramble and Laura Georges stabbing the ball wide before Amel Majri shot wide from just outside the box.
Then France had a free-kick on the right-wing, and Majri drove the ball towards the near post, where Camille Abily diverted the ball wide of the near post.
Germany posed their first threat as Simone Laudehr’s delightful cross picked out Celia Sasic, but she headed over.
Thomis was terrorising the German defence. Her cross picked out Marie Laure Delie who headed over.
Again Germany warned France of their threat. Lena Goessling’s free-kick fell to Anja Mittag who had two shots blocked. The ball then fell to Leonie Maier whose venomous shot was well saved by Sarah Bouhaddi.
But it was France who was on top, and they were only denied a goal from a superb save. Majri’s free-kick is cleared, Jessica Houara launched the ball back in, Necib chested the ball down and her volley was only kept out by Nadine Angerer’s outstanding diving save.
France could have been given a penalty late in the first half as Delie’s volley hit Peter’s arm, but the officials were not in the position to give it and no French player appealed.
Germany created the first chance of the second half. Dzsenifer Marozsan cut the ball back to Sasic whose powerful curling shot was superbly saved by Bouhaddi low down.They came close from a central free-kick, but Marozsan’s powerful effort was parried wide by Bouhaddi’s one-handed save.
But then France took the lead. On the half-way line, Houara launched a long ball, Peter misjudged her header straight to Necib whose deflected shot just went past Angerer’s hand. The large deflection off Krahn was key to the shot beating the keeper.Germany had a couple of chances to equalise. Sara Daebritz’s shot was blocked before Laudehr shot just wide of the near post.
The game changed in the 83rd minute when Germany was awarded a fortunate penalty. Germany produced a patient passing move when Maier tried to play the ball to the far post when the ball hit the arm of Majri. The French defender was trying to move her arm out of the way, and with her closeness to the German player, you can imagine it not been awarded. Celia Sasic then calmly placed the ball into the bottom-left corner.
France wanted their own penalty soon after as Claire Lavogez went down under a challenge from Peter, but replays cleared showed it was a dive.
Extra-time came, and France had the first chance. Krahn’s header fell to Delie who passed to Necib. Just as she was about to pull the trigger, she was stopped by Kemme’s incredible tackle. The ball fell to Gaetane Thiney, but she couldn’t get her shot off.
However, in the 116th minute, France missed another glorious opportunity. Houara’s delightful whipped ball was played behind the German defence to Thiney at the far post, but somehow she missed the target.
And in the final minute, Kheira Hamraoui’s dipping shot nearly crept in, but just went over.
And then came the dreaded penalty shootout. After Germany had scored their five spot-kicks, it was Lavogez who was left with the pressure in scoring the crucial kick to send it to sudden death. But her kick was too close to Angerer who made a good save with her knee.
Elodie Thomis – France. The minute she was taken off, the minute it looked like Germany could get back into the tie.
Germany: (4-2-3-1) Nadine Angerer (c), Leonie Maier, Annike Krahn, Babett Peter, Tabea Kemme, Lena Goessling (Melanie Behringer 77) Melanie Leupolz, Simone Laudehr, Anja Mittag (Dzsenifer Marozsan HT), Alexandra Popp (Sara Daebritz 70), Celia Sasic.
Goal: Celia Sasic penalty 84
Shootout: Melanie Behringer (1-0), Simone Laudehr (2-1), Babett Peter (3-2), Dzsenifer Marozsan (4-3), Celia Sasic (5-4).
Booked: Anja Mittag 37, Lena Goessling 68, Dzsenifer Marozsan 68, Melanie Leupolz 91.
France: (4-4-2) Sarah Bouhaddi, Jessica Houara, Laura Georges, Wendie Renard (c), Amel Majri, Elodie Thomis (Claire Lavogez 69), Amandine Henry, Camille Abily, Louisa Necib, Marie Laure Delie (Kheira Hamraoui 101), Eugenie Le Sommer (Gaetane Thiney 90).
Goal: Louisa Necib 64
Shootout: Gaetane Thiney (1-1), Camille Abily (2-2), Louisa Necib (3-3), Wendie Renard (4-4) Claire Lavogez (5-4)
Booked: Marie Laure Delie 55, Laura Georges 57.