Germany in fine fettle

Germany 3-2 Canada Germany’s UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ preparations ended with victory on Sunday.

By Mark Bennett

Germany 3-2 Canada
Germany’s final preparations before the start of June's UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ ended with a 3-2 friendly triumph against Canada on Sunday.

Hermes header
The Germans began the game brightly in the Freidrich-Ebert-Stadion in Hildesheim with Navina Omilade and Renate Lingor going close. But just like in their previous meeting on Thursday, it was the visitors who took the lead when Randy Hermes rose to meet a corner and beat goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, in for Silke Rottenburg, after 31 minutes.

Interval initiative
The reigning World and European champions hit back six minutes later through Conny Pohlers, who headed in from a precise Lingor cross. Just seconds before the break Lingor turned from provider to scorer to hand Germany a half-time lead, lashing an effort into the net from a Birgit Prinz pass.

Garafrekes decisive
Canada attempted to haul themselves back into the contest after the interval but Christine Sinclair and Amy Walsh were frustrated by some fine goalkeeping from Angerer. The home side finally put the game out of reach on 67 minutes when Kerstin Garafrekes scored after a quick German counterattack. Nevertheless, the North Americans continued to push forward and managed to reduce the deficit moments before the final whistle when Sinclair finally beat Angerer.