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Germany 4 (Leupolz 24, Petermann 56,58, Dabritz 73) Thailand 0
Germany confirmed themselves as Group B winners by eventually running out comfortable winners against a battling Thailand side, who must wait and see if they will take any further part in the competition.
The Germans had made seven changes to their starting line up and sought an early goal for the third straight match, but this time they found it harder to break through a well organised Thailand defence.
In fact it was Thailand who had the first clear opportunity when Kanjana Sung-Ngeon raced clear on goal and into the area but she declined to take a shot with her left foot, electing instead to drag it onto her right and the chance was lost.
Thailand were made to regret this missed opportunity just four minutes later. Melanie Behringer's corner from the right was met by a looping header from Melanie Leupolz, which dipped under the bar and out of the reach of the defender on the goal line.
Germany tried to further press home their advantage and sought a second goal but the Thai defence continued to stay firm, well marshalled by captain Duangnapa Sritala. When they did break through, Waraporn Boonsing was in impressive form in the Thai goal, making a string of saves from Celia Sasic and Dzsenifer Marozsan to keep her side in the game at the interval.
Silvia Neid made further changes up front at half time with Anja Mittag and Lena Petermann coming on and it was not too long before the substitutions worked. Lena Lotzen released an overlapping Bianca Schmidt on the right and her cross from the line was duly nodded in at the far post by Petermann.
Two minutes later, Germany won a corner on the left and another excellent delivery by Behringer was headed firmly home by Petermann for her second goal.
Germany continued to seek to add to their tally with Lotzen having an off day in front of goal, failing to hit the target on a number of occasions. Boonsing was having an excellent match in goal but was left helpless when Schmidt made another strong down the right, her pass into the area was taken on by Mittag whose low cross was helped on by Petermann, leaving Sara Dabritz with a simple tap in at the far post for the fourth goal.
Germany: Nadine Angerer, Bianca Schmidt, Jennifer Cramer, Melanie Leupolz, Annike Krahn (sub Josephine Henning 61mins), Babett Peter, Melanie Behringer, Celia Sasic (sub Lena Petermann 45mins), Lena Lotzen, Dzsenifer Marozsan (sub Anja Mittag 45mins), Sara Dabritz.
Thailand: Waraporn Boonsing, Sunisa Srangthaisong, Natthakarn Chinwong, Duangnapa Sritala, Rattikan Thongsombut (sub Darut Changplook 89mins), Pikul Khueanpet, Silawan Intamee, Orathai Srimanee (sub Wilaiporn Boothduang 79mins), Warunee Phetwiset, Anootsara Maijarern (sub Alisa Rukpinij 87mins), Kanjana Sung-Ngoen.
Player of the match: Melanie Leupolz.
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