The first half held few dangerous chances for either team, but the match heated up after the break and Germany eventually broke through.
The goal came from a corner kick from the right side that France failed to clear. The ball bounced to substitute Anna Blasse, who’s shot from near the penalty spot was deflected to the right. Right back Leonie Maier, who was in the penalty box for the set play, pounced on the spinning ball to roof her first-time chance and give Germany the one goal it needed.
It was the sixth goal of Maier’s international career.
Both teams return to action on Sunday, March 6, in the second day of matches at the SheBelieves Cup at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, with Germany facing England (4:30 p.m. CT) and France taking on the USA (2 p.m. CT; ESPN3).
- England vs. France Match Report –
Match: Germany Women’s National Team vs. France Women’s National Team
Date: March 3, 2016
Competition: 2016 SheBelieves Cup
Venue: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Weather: 70 degrees; Partly Cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
GER 0 1 1
FRA 0 0 0
GER – Leonie Maier 83rd minute
GER: 1-Almuth Schult; 4-Leonie Maier, 3-Saskia Bartusiak (capt.), 5-Annike Krahn (2-Josephine Henning, 66), 24-Sara Doorsoun, 17-Isabel Kerschowski (15-Anna Blasse, 79), 20-Lena Goebling, 7-Melanie Behringer (22-Tabea Kemme, 79), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 23-Sara Dabritz (16-Svenja Huth, 88), 11-Anja Mittag (18-Alexandra Popp, 61)
Subs not used: 6-Lina Magull, 8-Kathrin Hendrich, 9-Mandy Islacker, 12-Laura Benkarth, 14-Babett Peter, 19- Lena Petermann, 21-Lisa Weib
Head coach: Silvia Neid
FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy, 22-Amel Majri, 9-Eugenie Le Sommer, 23-Kheira Hamraoui, 15-Elise Bussaglia (capt.) (10-Camille Abily, 70), 11-Claire Lavogez (13-Marie-Charlotte Leger, 75), 14-Louisa Necib (12-Elodie Thomis, 70), 18-Marie Laure Delie (20-Kadidiatou Diani, 79)
Subs: 1-Laetitia Philippe, 2-Kelly Gadea, 3-Marion Torrent, 4-Laura Georges, 6-Viviane Asseyi, 7-Charlotte Bilbault, 17-Aurelie Kaci, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo
Stats Summary: GER / FRA
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 2 / 5
GER – Saskia Bartusiak (caution) 24th minute
GER – Sara Dabritz (caution) 54
GER – Melanie Behringer (caution) 57
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perrello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Nelly Alvarado Quiros (CRC)
4th Official: Carline Reid (CAY)