Germany continued their preparations for next month's FIFA Women's World Cup™, which they will host, with a 2-0 friendly win over Korea DPR today. Silvia Neid's team will kick-off their bid to win the tournament for a third successive edition against Canada at the Olympiastadion on 26 June.
After Germany thrashed forthcoming Group A adversaries Nigeria 8-0 last November in Leverkusen, this was a more subdued run out for them. Some solid defending from the North Koreans frustrated the home side until Jong Pok-Sim fouled captain Birgit Prinz, and Hamburg midfielder Kim Kulig fired home the resulting penalty on 59 minutes in Ingolstadt.
"I'm totally satisfied," said Germany coach Silvia Neid. "We have had some tough training camps and you could see some tiredness in a few heads. We did well up front and the defence kept their discipline."
The squad of 26 players will be cut down to 21 on Friday, and Okoyino da Mbabi believes there is more to come. "We are in the middle of our preparations, so we are still not at 100 per cent," she said.
Both sides used the match to experiment. Germany made six changes in the second-half alone, while their opponent brought on five replacements.
Germany will play further warm-up matches against Italy (3 June), the Netherland (7 June) and Norway (16 June).
As well as Nigeria, the seven-time European champions face Canada and France in their pool at the FIFA Women's World Cup, while Korea DPR are up against USA, Colombia and Sweden in Group C.