UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Results: Scores and Highlights from Day 5

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UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Results: Scores and Highlights from Day 5
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Today's matches represented a pivotal point in the 2013 UEFA Women's Euro, as all four Group B squads were in action.

Heading into the second day of Group B play, the four teams sat deadlocked at one point apiece, as both of the first two matches finished in ties. 

From the outset of the tournament, Germany had to be considered the favorite to emerge as the top-seeded team from the group. The team has traditionally been an international powerhouse, winning six of the last seven editions of the European championship.

In addition, the Norwegian side has historically been very strong and has advanced to the final three times since 1991.  

But Norway looked rather mortal during its first match of the tournament. The team was forced to settle for a draw after conceding a late penalty to Iceland on Thursday. 

That same day, Germany and the Netherlands played to a scoreless tie, meaning that things are wide open for any of the four teams to take control of the group with a win on Sunday. 

Here's a look at the biggest moments from both of the matches from Day 5 in Sweden. 

 

Norway 1, Netherlands 0

After having given away a couple of precious points against Iceland, the Norwegians took the field against the Dutch eager to redeem themselves. 

In what was a fairly evenly contested match, the Dutch kept things close by maintaining possession of the ball for stretches, but they failed to generate many quality scoring chances despite registering seven shots on target. 

For their part, the Norwegians only managed two shots on target. They strung together a handful of dangerous opportunities, but found themselves tied at the half. 

Soon after both squads returned to the field, 32-year-old Solveig Gulbrandsen provided the highlight of the match, scoring the game's only goal on a brilliant individual effort, as noted by BBC Sport:

Gulbrandsen, who retired as a player in 2010, made her return to the national squad felt. Her goal lifted Norway to a critical victory and put her nation in a good position heading into the team's all-important match against Germany. 

Though the opposition managed to produce some chances toward the end of the match, the Norwegians kept them at bay for the majority of the second half and hung on to move to the top of the group table. 

For the Netherlands, the loss will mean that the Dutch absolutely need a victory over Iceland in order to remain in contention to move on to the next round. 

 

Germany 3, Iceland 0

Knowing that a win would all but guarantee themselves a berth in the next round, the German squad came ready to play against Iceland. 

Unfortunately, Iceland simply didn't have the talent to keep up with Germany, who appear poised to make a legitimate run to yet another Euro title. 

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The Germans held control of the ball for the majority of the first half. However, they couldn't find a way to beat Iceland's Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, who played exceptionally well during the match's early stages. 

Eventually, though, the Germans broke through. Lena Lotzen took a well-timed feed from Dzsenifer Marozsán to stake the five-time reigning European champions to a 1-0 lead. 

By the time the first half had ended, the Germans were comfortable, but not complacent, and once play resumed, they only put more pressure on Iceland's defense. 

In the 55th minute, Célia Okoyino da Mbabi followed up on yet another save by Gunnarsdóttir and cashed in on the rebound to give the Germans some breathing room. 

Despite a handful of late pushes by Iceland—in addition to the stellar play of its goalkeeper—the Germans capitalized once again in the match's dying moments. 

This time, Fatmire Bajramaj sent a beautiful ball in for Okoyino da Mbabi, who found the back of the net for the second time on the afternoon. This sealed the outcome of the match for Germany. 

As the tournament's official Twitter account pointed out, it was a historic goal:

For the Germans, this is the type of performance that's expected of them, and they'll need another effort like this in order to topple Norway and claim the top seed in Group B. 

 

 

 

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