Germany secure comeback victory over Poland

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Germany secure comeback victory over Poland

GERMANY overcame a potential shock to maintain their 100 per cent record in UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship 2016 Elite Round Group 1 after a thrilling encounter against Poland at UCD Bowl.
7th Apr 2016

After beating Ireland 1-0 in their opening fixture, the Germans were the favourites for this tie and started well but they were staring defeat in the face when the Poles took a 51st minute lead through Karolina Wierzbicka.

The Germans hit the Polish upright through Jana Feldkamp in the 12th minute before Isabella Hartig rattled the crossbar with a long range effort in the 29th minute.

Poland were given another let off two minutes into the second half when Andrea Viehl smashed a shot off the crossbar from close range.

Germany looked set to suffer the consequences of those missed chances when they conceded a sloppy opener six minutes into the second half. Defender Melissa Friedrich under-hit a back pass and Wierzbicka raced in to steal possession and rounded keeper Lena Pauels before firing home.

That added some pep to the German step and less than one minute later Stefanie Sanders missed from a decent opportunity to grab an immediate equaliser.

It could have been worse for the Germans as the impressive Polish captain Ewa Cieśla produced a stunning free-kick from wide on the left that keeper Pauels did very well to turn onto the crossbar in the 62nd minute.

Nine minutes later Germany equalised through an impressive low strike from Nina Ehegötz from 25 yards that found the net via the base of an upright.

Poland responded well and Małgorzata Mesjasz was unlucky not to head them back in front in the 75th minute when connecting with a Cieśla corner. A defender reacted well to head off the line.

Germany took the lead in the 78th minute when Franziska Gieseke pounced to turn the ball home after the Polish keeper failed to hold a shot from Anna Gerhardt.

Ehegötz made it 3-1 in the 94th minute when she fired home after the Poles failed to clear following a great run and cross by Viktoria Schwalm down the left.

GERMANY: Pauels, Hartig, Friedrich, Feldkamp, Karl, Schwalm, Gerhardt, Viehl (Gasper 59), Hausicke, Walkling (Gieseke 60), Sanders (Ehegötz 63).

POLAND: Szemik, Szafrańska, Wycisk, Wierzbicka (Kowalska 76), Lefeld (Ossowska 74), Mesjasz, Matla, Falborska, Jędrzejewicz (Michalska 88), Ostrowska, Cieśla.