Women's Euro 2013: Germany and Norway both win

Iceland 0-3 Germany

Women's Euro 2013

Host nation:
Sweden
Dates:
10 July - 28 July
Coverage:
England matches and other selected games live on BBC TV, BBC Sport Interactive, and either BBC Radio 5 live or 5 live Sports Extra; Live text commentary of all England games on BBC Sport Interactive.

Reigning champions Germany went top of Group B in Women's Euro 2013 following a 3-0 win over Iceland.

Lena Lotzen opened the scoring before Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi scored twice to make sure of the win.

In the other Group B match, Solveig Gulbrandsen scored the only goal of the game as Norway beat Netherlands 1-0.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who quit the game three years ago before making a return, hit a rising shot into the net 10 minutes into the second half.

"I played with [Solveig Gulbrandsen's] dad for many years - he was my boss on the field," said Norway coach Even Pellerud after the game.

"She works harder than anyone else and it was really nice to see her go forward and take the risk for that finish.

Solveig Gulbrandsen

"It was very important that she took the risk. We have the tendency to take too many touches, too many passes around the penalty area, but she went straight through and she has that mentality which I love about her."

Netherlands managed an impressive draw in their tournament opener against Germany but now know that even a win in their final match against Iceland might not be enough to progress.

Germany, who have won the competition on seven occasions, opened the scoring after just 24 minutes when Lotzen, 19, scored her first senior goal.

The midfielder latched onto a sweeping forward pass by Dzsenifer Marozsan before cutting back inside her marker and tucking the ball inside the left post.

Okoyino da Mbabi doubled the lead on 55 minutes, when she reacted quickest to crash a rebound in off the bar after Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir had parried Leonie Maier's shot into the striker's path.

The striker then made it 3-0 when she got ahead of her marker to prod an inviting cross from Fatmire Bajramaj beyond Gunnarsdottir.

Germany now face Norway in their final group game to determine who goes through as group winners.

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