Oberdorf injured: DFB women lose endurance test against USA

Oberdorf injured himself
DFB women lose endurance test against USA

In the second test match on their trip to the US, the German football players have to admit defeat to the host world champion. Oberdorf’s health is worrying. The midfielder has to leave the field in the 32nd minute.

At the end of their furious year at the European Championship, the German football players suffered a minor setback against the world champions from the US. The team of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg lost the second intensive endurance test in Harrison/New Jersey after a lead of 1:2 (1:0), three days earlier the runners-up European champions had won 2:1. “We’ve gone through a lot of changes and brought in a lot of players who don’t play at this top level very often,” said Voss-Tecklenburg. “We know what we need to work on and we’re glad we were able to do it.” play these two games in the US.”

Jule Brand (18th) scored in front of 26,317 spectators for the DFB roster, who were too vulnerable after halftime and took a lot of valuable knowledge with them in preparation for the World Cup title hunt in Australia and New Zealand (July 20-August 20th, 2023). With a double strike, Sophia Smith (54th) and Mallory Pugh (56th) ensured the successful revenge of the hosts.

All but four players, Voss-Tecklenburg changed their starting squad to keep the load under control. As announced, Merle Frohms, who shone with strong saves in the first game, had to give way. In the first half she was replaced by Ann-Katrin Berger, who had made public her new thyroid cancer after the European Championships. “I know it was special for you to play a very good rest here after your illness,” said Voss-Tecklenburg.

Guilt powerless

The Chelsea goalkeeper has had less to do than expected in her fourth international match. The DFB team started confidently with a lot of ball possession, the USA counted on quick transitions. But Brand rewarded the initially efficient performance with a turnshot after a rebound.

Midfielder Lena Oberdorf is of concern, however, as she had to be substituted after 32 minutes with a shoulder injury and was later taken to hospital for an X-ray. Chantal Hagel came to get her. As a result, the German team lost more possession and the USA increased the pressure.

After the break, Almuth Schult, who switched to Angel City FC after the European Championship in the USA, took over the place in the DFB goal, but was powerless until both goals. The German team acted too carelessly at this stage in the reverse movement against the world-class attack from the Americans. The fast pace took its toll, concentration and strength dwindled in the DFB roster – the wildly acclaimed hosts gave new courage. Schult prevented an even bigger deficit with a strong save against Pugh (77th).

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