Perceptive coaching and an aggressive, hustling performance by the incumbent trophy holders, saw Germany win the women’s World Cup for the second time running last night. This superbly engrossing game – not short on skill or competitiveness – provided the best possible PR for women’s football.
Team manager Silvia Neid got it right where other countries failed. She had her team physically pressurise, close down and combatively fight Brazil’s inherent football flair, where other countries had stood off the South Americans, allowing them to dictate the game. Taking a leaf out of Australia’s book, Germany also threw in high balls that Brazil’s defence found unsettling; resultantly Germany put the result beyond doubt via a headed goal, identical to that scored by Australia against the much fancied Brazilians. The final was a gripping match where, in this ex-defender’s view, the most resolute, competitive and determined team won. Well done Germany.