Seven-time European Champions Germany beat Iceland in their second game at Sweden 2013
UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Finals
Sunday 14 July
Germany fired a warning shot to their Euro 2013 rivals with a resounding 3-0 victory over Iceland which fired them top of Group B.
There was nothing to choose between the four sides in the group after their opening fixtures, with Iceland and Norway drawing 1-1 and Germany and Netherlands playing out a goalless draw on Thursday.
But Germany, who are vying for their sixth successive European Championship crown, crushed Iceland to move top, while Norway also grabbed their first victory of the tournament in their clash with Holland.
Solveig Gulbrandsen, Norway’s legendary 32-year-old midfielder, hit the only goal of the game ten minutes after half time at the Kalmar Arena.
It was an unconvincing performance from Norway, who were put under pressure throughout by Holland. But three points, nevertheless, leaves them odds on to progress from the group stage.
Then, later on Sunday, Germany showed they mean business once again thanks in no small part to Celia Okoyini Da Mbabi.
The 25-year-old Frankfurt new girl struck two second-half goals for the Germans after Bayern Munich’s teenage star Lena Lotzen had opened the scoring in the 24th minute.
Germany, who sit top on goal difference, and Norway will now meet in their final Group B match on Wednesday with the winner guaranteed top spot in the table. Holland and Iceland also clash at 6pm that day.
England will be keeping a close eye on proceedings with the winner of Group B set to face the runner-up of Group C in the next stage.