Nations League: Germany put five past Wales

SINSHEIM, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Lea Schuller of Germany shoots on goal against, Goalkeeper, Olivia Clark of Wales during the UEFA Women's Nations League League A - Group A3 match between Germany and Wales at Rhein Neckar Arena on October 27, 2023 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)

For the third match-day of the Women’s Nations League, Germany hosted Wales at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.

Wales went into Friday’s game looking for their first Nations League win following defeats to Denmark and Iceland.

The hosts hoped to put their disappointing summer behind them and carry on the momentum from their 4-0 win over Iceland. Wales went into the game having failed to score against Germany in the previous four meetings, conceding 34 goals in that time.

Starting XIs

Germany

Berger; Gwinn, Hendrich (Doorsoun, 89′), Hegering, Linder, Huth (Anyomi, 87′), Oberdorf (Lattwein, 66′), Dabritz (Nusken, 45′), Buhl, Schuller, Freigang (Dallmann, 45′)

Wales

Clark; Roberts, Ladd, Evans, Woodham, Ingle, James, Holland (Morgan, 86′), Fishlock, Green, Cain (McAteer, 89′)

How it went

From the off, the hosts were firmly in control. Several early chances for the Germans saw the visitors forced back for much of the opening spell. Lea Schuller got the goal-scoring action underway in the 25th minute. The No.7 headed home Sarai Linder’s cross to give the hosts the well-deserved lead.

Despite being forced to defend for much of the opening half, the 42nd minute saw Wales find an unexpected equaliser.

A lovely piece of team play saw Ceri Holland in the perfect position to slot the ball home. The goal came against the run of play and marked Wales’ first goal against the Germans.

The two sides went in level at the break despite the visitors enjoying relatively little time on the ball.

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The second goal for Germany came shortly after the break. Schuller’s second of the evening was an almost perfect replica of the opener with the 25-year-old heading home Linda Dallmann’s cross.

The hosts continued to dominate the game, with Wales forced to deal with almost constant pressure. Eventually, the toil began to show as Sophie Ingle conceded a penalty following a foul within the box. Giulia Gwinn stepped up to take the spot-kick, firing the ball into the underside of the post in the 80th minute of the tie.

The fourth goal for Germany came just six minutes later. Sjoeke Nusken’s shot deflected off Rhiannon Roberts, beating Olivia Clark at her near post. Just seconds later, Wales conceded their fifth of the night.

A defensive mix-up in the area saw Lily Woodham unable to prevent Nicole Anyomi from finding the back of the net just two minutes after entering the pitch. The Eintracht Frankfurt player bundled the ball home as the visitors failed to clear the danger.

Up next

Germany will travel to face Iceland for their final game of the international break.

Wales will play Denmark away as they continue to search for their first Nations League win.

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