DFB women: cheers after the victory against Israel
Photo: Berney Ardov / dpa
The German women's national soccer team remains on course for the World Cup after a narrow 1-0 (1-0) win in Israel.
Svenja Huth (18th minute) scored the goal for the third win in the third qualifying game of Group H, which Germany leads with 9 points.
The women's national teams of Israel and Germany have never faced each other.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said it was a special encounter "that goes beyond the sporting side."
The national coach and some players will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Friday, among other things. The aim of the trip is to bring together the sporting and social aspects.
Sara Däbritz ensured the first sporting highlight in Israel with a missed penalty in the 13th minute, Amit Beilin had dived to the bottom right.
The Israeli goalkeeper had no chance against attacker Huth, who used a wide ball from Dzsenifer Marozsán (18th).
After taking the lead in the HaMoshava Stadium in Peta Tikva near Tel Aviv, Germany played unusually nervous, the game was especially disorganized at the beginning of the second half, one unclean pass followed the next.
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Voss-Tecklenburg previously warned of a "proud" team that was physically strong and had good switch players.
This is exactly how the underdogs played, but the German team with Giulia Gwinn, who made her comeback in the DFB jersey after more than a year, made too little of the playful superiority.
But there was also a lack of luck: Israel's defender Shani David cleared twice on the line for her defeated goalkeeper, Laura Freilang's later goal was not counted due to an offside position (89th).
Before the teams from Turkey and Portugal, who are rated more strongly, are faced with the second leg against Israel, it will take place on October 26th in Essen.