Germany drew 0-0 in Wales on Tuesday however nonetheless saved their Olympic dream alive by advancing to the girls’s Nations League final with assist from Iceland.
Iceland claimed a shock 1-0 win in Denmark, conserving Germany at the prime of their group, one level forward of the Danes and sending them to the finals from 21 to 27 February the place Horst Hrubesch will proceed as interim coach.
The semifinal image is accomplished by France, world champion Spain and former European champion Holland.
France is immediately certified for subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics as hosts and two additional locations can be found by way of the Nations League finals.
Germany hopes to face France in the semi-finals, to be drawn on Monday, as that will give them a second Olympic likelihood in the event that they lose. In that state of affairs, profitable the third-place match would ship the 2016 gold medalists to Paris, after lacking the 2021 Tokyo Games.
Germany had their destiny in their fingers after beating Denmark 3-0 on Friday to win the head-to-head, however Hrubesch’s group weren’t so sturdy in Swansea.
Rachel Rowe instantly hit the publish for the hosts who had misplaced their first 5 group video games.
Sarai Linder got here a little nearer to Germany earlier than half-time when her Forty first-minute purpose fell simply brief. In the fifty fifth minute, Wales goalkeeper Olivia Clark saved nicely from Elisa Senß.
Germany needed to sweat and depend on assist from Iceland, who ambushed the Danes in Viborg on a 77th-minute winner from Karolina Lea Vilhjalmsdottir, who performs for Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen.
“The manner we performed at this time is just not our ambition. In the finish we even have Iceland to thank,” admitted Hrubesch.
The former Germany striker has confirmed he’ll proceed to take cost of the finals, having accepted the job in October and profitable his first three matches earlier than Tuesday’s draw.
“I’m expected to be around by then,” Hrubesch mentioned.
Should Germany qualify for the Olympic event, Hrubesch’s tenure might be additional prolonged for the Paris occasion. Hrubesch led the German males’s group to silver at the 2016 Games.