Women's World Cup Results 2019: Group Scores and Twitter Reaction from Saturday

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJune 8, 2019

Germany's defender Giulia Gwinn (C) celebrates after scoring a goal  during the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group B football match between Germany and China, on June 8, 2019, at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, western France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Germany opened up their 2019 Women's World Cup campaign with a victory after beating China 1-0 on Saturday in Rennes, France.

The only goal of the game came in the second half from 19-year-old Giulia Gwinn. The midfielder struck from the edge of the penalty area to give her side all three points.

Both sides hit the woodwork in an entertaining first half, but it was Germany who just managed to edge a tight contest.

Meanwhile, Spain came from a goal down to beat South Africa 3-1. Jenni Hermoso scored two penalties to put Spain in front, while Lucia Garcia added a late third to seal victory.

Here's a look at Group B after the first round of fixtures:

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Saturday's final game of the World Cup saw Norway pick up a convincing 3-0 win over Nigeria. Strikes from Guro Reiten and Lisa-Marie Utland and an own goal from Osinachi Ohale gave Norway all three points in Group A.  

   

Saturday's World Cup Matches

Germany 1-0 China

Spain 3-1 South Africa

Norway 3-0 Nigeria

      

Saturday Recap

Germany made a strong start to the match and put China under pressure from the kick-off. Sara Dabritz fired a fierce shot just wide, while Dzsenifer Marozsan was causing plenty of problems in midfield.

Yet the best of the early chances fell to China after 15 minutes. A quick break saw the Steel Roses burst forward in numbers, but Yang Li's effort was deflected wide for a corner (UK only):

Journalist Jonathan Crane felt it could be a costly miss:

The action then switched quickly down the other end of the pitch, as Carolin Simon was denied the opener when her left-footed cross into the penalty area came off the crossbar.

Germany's delivery into the box was causing problems, and China escaped minutes later when Marozsan's corner caused panic and was eventually hacked off the line to safety.

Jia Xiuquan's side grew into the game as the half progressed and almost took the lead just before half-time. 

Germany allowed Li too much time and space to try her luck with a shot, but she was denied by the woodwork (UK only):

Football writer Rob Brown neatly summed up the first half:

Germany brought on 17-year-old Lena Oberdorf for Simon at the break, while China also made a change by bringing on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Wang Shuang.

The deadlock was finally broken on 66 minutes through Germany midfielder Gwinn. 

Marozsan's corner found the 19-year-old on the edge of the box, and she took a touch before sweetly striking the ball past goalkeeper Peng Shimeng:

The goal seemed to settle Germany down, and they managed to see out the win with few problems, while China are left to rue the chances they missed in the opening 45 minutes.

South Africa scored their first ever World Cup goal against Spain through Thembi Kgatlana. The forward made history when she curled a beautiful opener into the top corner after 25 minutes:

A shock looked to be on the cards until Hermoso levelled matters after half-time. The Spain captain made no mistake with her spot-kick after Janine van Wyk had been penalised for handball.

Hermoso struck again from the penalty spot after Nothando Vilakazi gave away another spot-kick for a late foul on Garcia:

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Vilakazi's foul earned her a second booking and the first red card of the tournament, leaving South Africa to play out the last eight minutes a player down.

Spain had been the better team throughout the match and made the game safe in the final minutes. Garcia was sent through on goal and rounded the goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net.

Norway cruised to victory against Nigeria, scoring three goals before half-time at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims.

Reiten's shot deflected off Nigeria defender Onome Ebi for the opener on 17 minutes, while Utland made it two with an effort that flew through goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi's hands.

Nigeria's misery was compounded when Ohale put Isabell Herlovsen's cross past her own goalkeeper to make it 3-0:

Nigeria also saw defender Faith Michael stretchered off after a collision with team-mate Oluehi on a tough night for the Super Falcons.

The win means Norway join hosts France at the top of Group A with three points after the first round of fixtures.

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