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Germany ease to South Africa victory

Germany ended their group stage with a convincing 4-0 victory over South Africa in Montpellier on Monday afternoon claiming top spot in the group in the process.

It took 14 minutes for the two time World Champions to take the lead when Melanie Leupolz was left unmarked from a corner to head in from close range leaving Andile Dlamini with very little chance of saving.

Dlamini then made a crucial mistake on 29 minutes that gifted the very much inform Sara Dabritz a tap in as she took her goal tally to two in France. Dabritz signed for Paris Saint Germain in May and she won’t have many easier finishes in her career.

Wolfburg’s Alexandra Popp added a third on 40 minutes scoring her first of the tournament as she rose like a salmon to head in a pinpoint cross from Giulia Gwinn.

On 55 minutes Popp has another good opportunity when she got on the end of another brilliant cross from Gwinn but she thumped her header over the crossbar when she really should have hit the target.

Dlamini then was on hand to make another terrific save when Leupolz got on the end of another corner but her headed was somehow tipped over by the South Africa stopper.

However on 58 minutes three was to become four when Dlamini made a fantastic save to keep out a diving header from Marina Hegering but the ball rebounded out to Lina Magull who was jogging on the spot to fire the ball home into an empty net.

Dlamini had a fine second half showing for her side as she kept Germany at bay once again on 70 minutes as Dabritz saw her wicked effort pushed away by the quick reactions of the keeper.

South Africa then had a big chance of their own to pull a consolation goal back as Thembi Kgatlana was played in but her effort was pushed away by Almuth Schult in the German goal.

However the drama wasn’t finished as the side in White had another goal ruled out as Popp was flagged for offside following a low cross in from the right by Linda Dallmann.

Germanys next game will be in Grenoble on Saturday as South Africa go home pointless.

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