Women's World Cup Update

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The sixth Women’s World Cup kicked off in style yesterday with Germany defeating Canada in a thrilling 2-1 victory. The match played in glorious sunshine at Berlin's Olympic Stadium saw 71,755 fans fill the stadium after a memorable opening ceremony in the country’s capital city.

PUMA Football stars Linda Bresonik and Simone Laudehr pulled the strings for the Germans who had the perfect start, going 1-0 up after just 10 minutes following a sustained period of pressure. After a closely fought first-half Celia Okoyino Mbabi then showed clinical finishing, doubling the German’s lead just before the break.

In the second period Inka Grings and Alexandra Popp were introduced and Germany adopted a slightly more defensive approach, although they looked dangerous every time they went forward. The Germans continued to demonstrate why they are this year’s favourites and Simone Laudehr went close to extending their lead with a fierce shot that cannoned off the crossbar.

In the 82nd minute Canada were handed a lifeline courtesy of an expertly struck free-kick that curled round the wall. Incredibly, this was the first goal conceded by Germany in a World Cup match since 2003. Whilst, the remainder of the game provided some nervous moments for the hosts, they hung to record an impressive victory.

PUMA Football was well represented in the other Group A game with Marie-Laure Delie grabbing the winning goal as France saw off Nigeria with a 1-0 win. The French who are hotly tipped to cause an upset or two had to work very hard for their victory against the Super Falcons and the game was decided with a smart finish from Delie in the 56th minute.

Germany and France go head to head on 7 July in what will go some way to deciding the winner of the group. Who’s your tip to top Group A?