Women: Germany faces Japan in test match on Wednesday

German Football
By German Football July 28, 2009 16:32

Women: Germany faces Japan in test match on Wednesday

Coach Silvia Neid is forced to substitute two key players in Wednesday’s game against Japan in Mannheim (4 P.M., live on ZDF). Melanie Behringer and Isabell Bachor returned to their home team FC Bayern München due to an upcoming qualifying game for the newly founded UEFA Champions League.

Wednesday’s match against Japan is the next-to-last test for the German women ahead of the upcoming European Championships in Finland (August 23 – September 10). The defending European champions defeated the Netherlands 6-0 (4-0) in Sinsheim on Saturday. Neid, the German coach, expects a much closer contest tomorrow against Japan: “We’ll try to please the fans as we did on Saturday, but don’t underestimate this team. Japan plays a similar style to France. They prefer a fast-paced passing attack, they are technically sound, and very agile. It should be an interesting game.”

Despite the lopsided outcome, Neid was not satisfied with her team’s performance against the Netherlands. “We need to improve our defensive behaviour. I expect more aggressive tackling.”

The DFB-team has registered only wins in seven games with Japan, scoring 18 goals and giving up five goals.

Silvia Neid has nominated 26 players for the tentative EURO squad that will be reduced to 22 players for the final tournament. “Those who want to take part in the EURO have to show their ability. I expect my team to show passion on the pitch and to be hungry for success”, Neid says with regard to the international friendlies and her nomination of the final EURO squad.

In Finland, the German women start with the match against Norway on August, 24th. In group B, France (August 27th) and Iceland (August 30th) are the other two opponents. The German group matches all take place in Tampere.

[DFB.de]

German Football
By German Football July 28, 2009 16:32
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