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Dabritz hails Germany's perfect start


On target: Germany’s Lina Magull
On target: Germany’s Lina Magull

By Mark Bryans

Player of the match Sara Dabritz admitted she was proud of Germany's winning record after they sealed top spot in Group B with a comfortable 4-0 victory over South Africa at the Women's World Cup.

Following narrow 1-0 results in their opening two matches against China and Spain, the reigning Olympic champions progressed to the last 16 in style, while their opponents were sent home after three defeats

Goals from Melanie Leupolz, Dabritz, Alexandra Popp and Lina Magull made it maximum points from the group stage in Montpellier. Former Bayern Munich midfielder Dabritz - who signed for Paris St-Germain last month- doubled Germany's tally on the half-hour mark as she got on the scoresheet for the second successive game.

She said: "We won 4-0 and go through with nine points after three games. We can be proud."

Spain and China played out a goalless draw in Le Havre - with both sides securing progression into the last 16 as a result.

Norway scored twice from the spot to secure their place in the last 16 with victory over South Korea, who were eliminated.

Caroline Graham Hansen slotted in the first after Cho So-Hyun hauled down Maria Thorisdottir.

Midfielder Graham Hansen won the second when Kang Chae-rim mistimed her tackle.

Graham Hansen left the field injured so Isabell Herlovsen stepped up to fire home, before Min-ji Yeo poked in late on to set up a tense finish in Reims.

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