After making it through to the quarter-finals of the European Championship, a mighty proud national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg gave her players a day off.

After the team’s march through to the quarter-finals of the European Championship, the mighty proud national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg gave her players a day off with “strokes” from the physiotherapists. She herself was exhausted after the 2:0 (2:0) fight against Spain and impatiently pressed the horn of the team bus when half an hour before midnight, after a small cabin party, still not all interviews had been conducted.

With tactical discipline and great commitment, the DFB team had disenchanted its highly rated rivals and underpinned its own title claims. “It was an amazing defensive performance,” praised the player of the match, centre-back Marina Hegering.

Alexandra Popp explained: “It’s very important that we have this energy, this European Championship magic.” The captain not only contributed the second goal (57th) after Klara Bühl’s early lead (3rd), but also pulled on Lea Schüller’s jersey after the final whistle.

In the ARD interview, Popp dedicated the second statement win after the 4:0 against Denmark to the Bayern striker infected with the corona virus: “We played for you and hope you’ll be back with us soon.”

The group win has already been secured, with the eight-time European champions avoiding the strong hosts England for the time being. But that doesn’t change the motivation for the Finland game to close the preliminary round on Saturday, Popp assured: “We went here to win every game.” And preferably “by zero again”, as Giulia Gwinn emphasised.