Status: 04.12.2023, 07:39 a.m.
By: Patrick Mayer
In the ZDF documentary "Born for this" there is a misunderstanding of the DFB women in the World Cup disappointment in Australia.
Frankfurt am Main – The women of the German Football Association (DFB) have kept their chances of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics in London alive. Germany won 3-0 (2-0) against Denmark in Rostock to move past the Scandinavians in League A, Group 3 of the Uefa Women's Nations League.
DFB Women: ZDF publishes World Cup documentary "Born for this"
In the final group game, the DFB women are guests in Wales this Tuesday (19:30 CEST, here in the live ticker). If interim national coach Horst Hrubesch's team wins in Great Britain, they will finish their Nations League group in first place and thus participate in the Olympic qualifying tournament in February next year.
Parallel to this highly exciting sporting constellation, ZDF has published the documentary "Born for this" in its media library. It depicts the World Cup debacle of the women's national team – including a juicy anecdote. In the last group game against South Korea 1-1 (1-1), the players apparently did not know that they urgently needed a goal to advance.
Eliminated early at the 2023 World Cup with Germany: FC Bayern's Sydney Lohmann (left) and Laura Freigang (Eintracht Frankfurt). © Screenshot ZDF
"They will know that the score is not enough after Morocco's late, late goal, right?" asked ZDF commentator Claudia Neumann after half-time, when the score was 1-1 between Germany and South Korea, but Morocco led 1-0 against Colombia, who had already qualified, thanks to a goal in first-half stoppage time.
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Apparently, the then national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and her staff had neglected to inform the DFB team about it at half-time. Morocco ultimately managed to beat the favourites South Americans 1-0 and qualified for the round of <> – instead of reigning European runners-up Germany.
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I turned to two fans and asked them how things stood.
Laura Freigang (Eintracht Frankfurt)
"Because we didn't know what was going on in the other game and weren't informed about it on the bench – I turned to two fans and asked them how things stood," Eintracht Frankfurt's Laura Freigang told the ZDF documentary. Her club colleague Sara Doorsoun described: "From the 70th minute onwards, I looked on the bench to see how things were going and with Feli (Felicitas Rauch, ed.) Talking about, 'What are we doing? What do we do? Do they know that on the pitch? You don't want to unsettle them. Mal doesn't want to bring a mess in. Do you tell them the result? Don't you say it?'"
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Apparently, the second failure of the coaching team was that the players were only informed late in the final phase that a 1-1 draw was not enough to advance, but only a 2-1 victory.
Sara Doorsoun (left) motivates Lea Schüller in the final minutes against South Korea. © Screenshot ZDF Mediathek
Striker Lea Schüller came to the sidelines to drink shortly before the end, Doorsoun said: "I told her: 'You'll get a chance, and you'll do it!' Then she looked at me and said: 'Do we have to?' I just said yes. I think it was the 86th, 87th minute." Goalkeeper Merle Frohms (VfL Wolfsburg) commented on the confusion in the documentary: "Where we got together outside for a short time and told me Marina (Hegering, ed.) just said, 'We've got to score a goal.'" She replied, "No, that's a joke, isn't it?" It wasn't. (pm)