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Women’s World Cup: Germany and Spain Open With Tense Victories

Jun 08, 2019 - The New York Times

The teenage midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored a second-half winner as Germany, a two-time champion, opened its Women’s World Cup campaign by beating a rugged China, 1-0, on Saturday in Rennes, France.

Gwinn’s powerful 66th-minute shot from the edge of the penalty area flew through the legs of a jumping Chinese defender into the left corner of the net. The ball fell to her after China failed to properly clear a corner floated in from the right.

In an even first half at Roazhon Park, ...