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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 June 2005, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Germany Women 3-1 Norway Women
Germany celebrate after Renate Lingors puts them 2-0 up against Norway in the Euro 2005 final
Germany Women claimed a fourth successive European Championship title, beating Norway in a entertaining Euro 2005 final at Ewood Park.

Germany established an early two-goal lead through Anja Mittag's close-range finish and Renate Lingor's lob.

Norway rallied when Stine Frantzen fed Dagny Mellgren, who flicked the ball past German keeper Silke Rottenberg.

Germany went 3-1 ahead when Birgit Prinz's shot deceived Bente Nordby after hitting Ane Stangeland.

The win provided an appropriate parting gift for Germany's coach Tina Theune-Meyer, who is stepping down as the team's coach.

Germany deserved their win, with their second goal - a visionary pass allied to a slick finish - encapsulating the strengths of Theune Meyer's side.

Given Germany's early dominance it was no surprise they established that early two-goal lead.

As early as the fourth minute Norway's left-back Gunhild Folstad had had to help out her defence by rushing across to slide in and tackle Prinz as Germany's captain beared down on goal.

Prinz was denied by more Norwegian heroics when Nordby superbly tipped over the bar her rising volley.

The reprieve proved shortlived as from the corner Anja Mittag scooped home Inka Grings' header.

Germany were soon back on the attack and Folstad again came to her side's rescue when she blocked Mittag's close-range shot.

Norway were struggling to contain Germany and the holders pushed home their advantage with a cleverly-crafted goal.

Britta Carlson's wonderful pass picked out Lingor and the Germany midfielder calmly lobbed the stranded Nordby.

Mellgren had caused Germany's defence some problems on the right and just before the interval the Norway forward scored to drag Bjarne Berntsen's side back into the game.

Frantzen produced a pass to match Carlson's earlier through ball and Mellgren slid a shot past Rottenberg.

Norway finished the half strongly, with a goal from Frantzen narrowly ruled out for offside and Rottenberg having to push away Solveig Gulbrandsen's shot.

Soon after the restart Rottenberg had to make another fine save pushing away Lise Klaveness' rising shot.

Norway's revival abruptly came to a halt when Prinz's long-range shot took a huge deflection off Stangeland to deceive Nordby.

Late on the outstanding Nordby thwarted Prinz, turning round the post a low shot from the Germany forward.

In stoppage time Nordby made another brave save to thwart Conny Pohlers.


Germany Ladies: Rottenberg, Jones, Grings (Smisek 68), Prinz, Lingor, Mittag (Wimbersky 59), Minnert, Carlson (Gunther 81), Pohlers, Hingst, Garefrekas.
Subs Not Used: Fuss, Wunderlich, Holl, Angerer, Omilade.

Goals: Mittag 21, Lingor 24, Prinz 63.

Norway Ladies: Bente Nordby, Stangeland, Folstad, Stensland, Christensen, Ronning (Knutsen 83), Gulbrandsen, Mellgren, Paulsen, Frantzen (Herlovsen 59), Klaveness (Bjerke 86).
Subs Not Used: Siri Nordby, Lehn, Kaufmann, Hjelmseth, Nilsen, Heimlund.

Goals: Mellgren 41.

Att: 21,105.

Ref: Alexandra Ihringova (SVK).




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