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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019: Germany beat China in campaign opener

19-year-old Giulia Gwinn scored from the edge of the box in the 66th minute of the match, beating China’s defence in this Group B clash

SNS | New Delhi |

German midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored a match-winning goal in the second half of Germany’s clash with China in the FIFA Women’s World Cup helping her side defeat the Asian team 1-0 in their World Cup opener on Saturday.

The 19-year-old scored from the edge of the box in the 66th minute of the match, beating China’s defence in this Group B clash.

Earlier in the match, China had almost stunned the tournament favourites when following an uncharacteristic error from Germany, China’s Yang Li sensed an opportunity to score. However, just when she looked certain of scoring a goal, her shot was cleared.

China had another go at the goal but this time German goalkeeper Almuth Schult was alert and prevented the Chinese team from scoring.

It was then in the second half that Gwinn found enough space to work with as she scored and settled the match with her goal.

Germany are currently unbeaten in their last 13 appearances, the longest for any team participating in the competition in France. They next meet Spain on Wednesday, 12 June, while China play South Africa on Thursday, 13 June