UEFA Women's Euro 2013: Germany retain title by beating Norway
The German Women’s national team defeated Norway 1-0 in the final at the Friends Arena, Solna in Sweden to lift the 2013 UEFA Women’s European Championship title, their sixth in a row and a record eighth overall. The match winner for Germany was their goalkeeper and captain, Nadine Angerer, who saved two Norwegian penalties in the final with both decisions by Romanian referee Cristina Dorcioman being dubious to say the least, while substitute Anja Mittag’s goal proved to be the difference between the two sides.
The 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship was played in Sweden from July 10 to 28, 2013 with a total of 12 national teams from across the continent taking part, but in the end, once again German triumphed, though the team was weakened due to injuries to six of their regular players and the youngsters had to take over earlier than planned.
Germany looked the better side at the start as they put pressure on Norway and used their football skills to threaten the goal of Ingrid Hjelmseth with Nadine Kessler, Lena Lotzen and Dzsenifer Marozsán having good chances. Then came the first penalty for Norway in which Celia Okoyino da Mbabi did not touch Cathrine Dekkerhus, who went down and referee Dorcioman showed to the dreaded spot, but Angerer’s outstretched leg cleared Trine Rønning’s shot. Germany had another chance through Simone Laudehr, but the match stayed goalless at the break.
Norway came out the better team into the second session, but Germany, on a one touch counter-attack, found Anja Mittag, who had come on for Lena Lotzen at the break, and she placed the ball into the net past Hjelmseth. Germany were now the better side, but twice Okoyino da Mbabi headers following corners were cleared by the Norwegian defence. Thereafter, Norway got their second penalty as Caroline Graham Hansen went down after a supposed unlikely contact from Saskia Bartusiak. This time Solveig Gulbrandsen took the shot, but Angerer made an even better save to keep her side ahead.
Norway now tried to push forward, but Germany cleverly wasn’t giving away the space and could have doubled the lead through Kessler, but her shot hit the post. It stayed 1-0 for Germany, another one goal victory as against Italy and Sweden; they could celebrate their title, which must have been their most difficult.