U-20 WWC: Germany Wins Its Send-Off Friendly 7:0 over Sweden

In their final domestic friendly prior to the Under-20 Women’s World Cup, United States group opponent Germany defeated the U-20 WNT of Sweden 7:0. More interesting than the lopsided scoreline is the fact that team captain Ramona Petzelberger did not play at all, with Dzenifer Marozsan wearing the captain’s armband. In an earlier interview, head coach Maren Meinert stated that Sweden would be bringing its U-23 WNT, however the SvFF describes the team as a U-20, although all the players appear to be U-19 or younger (Sweden’s roster, SvFF website).

Starting Line-Up (4-4-2):

Benkarth (GK)
Simon (FB) — Cramer (CB) — Wensing (CB) — Maier (FB)
Chojnowski (WM) — Magull (HM) — Marozsan (AM) — Rolser (WM)
Leupolz (FW) — Lotzen (FW)

The two fullbacks, Carolin Simon and Leonie Maier, are listed on opposite sides in the DFB.de box score compared to the last friendly versus Norway (write-up, here).

Substitutions: Two changes were made at halftime, with Anja Meike Hegenauer and Karoline Heinze coming in for Lina Magull and Lena Lotzen, respectively. In the 64th minute, two additional substitutions were made as Silvana Chojnowski and Melanie Leupolz made way for Marie Pyko and Sophie Howard, respectively. The final change was made in the 75th minute, with Carolin Simon being replaced by last-minute replacement Katharina Leiding.

Final Line-Up: Given the odd substitution of a defender for a forward, with Howard in for Leupolz at the 64th minute mark, a best guess is that Nicole Rolser moved up top during that switch, if not at halftime when Lotzen, a forward, was replaced by Heinze, a midfielder/defender. Marozsan may also have been used in a forward position, or the formation may have shifted to a 4-2-3-1. In other words, there is not enough concrete evidence to properly determine the actual final formation.

defender, Sophie Howard, for a forward, Melanie Leupolz (although Leupolz is officially listed as a midfielder), it would appear that Nicole Rolser probably moved up top, if not in the 64th minute, then at halftime when Lena Lotzen was subbed out for

Goals: Lena Lotzen (8′), Dzenifer Marozsan (19′), Melanie Leupolz (44′), Carolin Simon (57′), Nicole Rolser (63′, 87′), Leonie Maier (78′).

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DFB.de write-up (in German)
DFB.de box score  (in German)
SvFF write-up with box score (in Swedish)

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Germany’s final roster was announced after their July camp. Two late changes had to be made due to injuries: defender Katharina Leiding and goalkeeper Meike Kämper have replaced defender Clara Schöne and back-up goalkeeper Lisa Schmitz, respectively.

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