Melbourne / Dunedin (dpa) – German coach Inka Grings made a successful debut with Switzerland in the FIFA Players’ World Cup.
The 44-year-old former national team player signed a deserved 2-0 (1-0) victory against the Philippines with her selection on Friday in Dunedin. Ex-Wolfsburg player Ramona Bachmann (45th minute / penalty) and Seraina Piubel (64th) scored early in the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
For the former Duisburg player Grings, it was the first victory as a Swiss coach after six good months in office. The 96-time national player was the first woman in Germany to form a regional men’s league with SV Straelen. Switzerland had to endure a moment of shock early in the game when the Philippines’ supposed 1-0 lead was canceled due to an offside position (16th).
Previously, the Canadian Olympic champion had made a false start in the tournament. The favorites were held 0-0 by eleven-time African champions Nigeria in Melbourne. Canadian record holder Christine Sinclair failed with a penalty on goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie (50th). For the 40-year-old offense, it would be the 191st goal of their sixth World Cup appearance in their 324th international match.
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