WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Germany thrash South Africa to finish top of group

Germany punished an error-strewn display from South Africa to finish top of Group B at the Women’s World Cup.

The two-time winners had ample chances to score more than four against debutants Banyana Banyana, who leave France having failed to earn a point.

Soccer Football – Women’s World Cup – Group B – South Africa v Germany – Stade de La Mosson, Montpellier, France – June 17, 2019 South Africa’s Mamello Makhabane looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Melanie Leupolz headed in the opener, then an awful error by keeper Andile Dlamini gifted Sara Dabritz a tap-in.

Soccer Football – Women’s World Cup – Group B – South Africa v Germany – Stade de La Mosson, Montpellier, France – June 17, 2019 Germany players huddle after the match as South Africa players look dejected REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Wolfsburg’s Alexandra Popp nodded in a third before the break and Lina Magull added another from a yard out.

South Africa’s coach Desiree Ellis will likely have been disappointed with her side’s poor first-half display, highlighted when Dlamini flapped at a low cross from Verena Schweers which led to Dabritz’s goal.

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