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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
Germany v Norway as it happened
Germany 3-0 Norway, 1300 BST


Send us your views, comments and opinions on Wednesday's semi-final - text us on 81111 or use 606

By Stuart Roach

1449: That's it. Germany are through to the final as they continue the defence of their world crown. Will they face Brazil or USA in Sunday's final? Come back on Thursday to find out.

"Who knows what would have happened if Norway had scored first? They find themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline and they don't deserve that.
Co-commentator Lucy Ward on BBC 2

1446: Wake up keeper, there's work to be done. Nadine Angerer is called into action in the final minute, pushing round Marie Knutson's snap shot to preserve her fifth clean sheet for Germany in five games at this tournament.

"Bajramaj - I did some research and found she is born in Kosovo so her mother tongue is Albanian. The Albanian language has used many alphabets over the years (eight according to Wikipedia) so I would imagine it's some kind of corruption based on one of these.MichiganFlickr on 606
Thanks Mich. Was the game boring you?

1434: Mueller's goal is the 100th of this tournament, but it might not be the last of this game. Sub Bajramaj slams a shot against the bar from Prinz's pull back.

1431: GOAL Germany 3-0 Norway
Stop the game ref, Norway want to get off. Substitute Siri Nordby rolls a backpass towards keeper Nordby but it's woefully short and sub Martina Mueller is in like a flash to flick home the third. Norway are literally getting Muellered now!

1428: GOAL Germany 2-0 Norway
We have a goal, but it comes from the Germans who are surely home and hosed now. Kerstin Stegemann gets up from right back and cuts inside to hit a shot which deflects wickedly beyond the reach of Bente Nordby and in off the far post.

1426: Germany have not conceded a goal in well over eight hours of football in China, a new World Cup record. Records are there to be broken, as my old man often says. But not by Norway on this showing - sub Lise Klavenes sidefoots well over after an increasingly rare Norwegian attack.

1422: Martina Mueller is on to replace the tiring Smisek, who has done much of the running for Prinz. Norway look like they could do with some fresh legs too. They are running out of ideas.

"Bajramaj? There are no rules to pronunciation."
Mr cholmondeley featherstonehaugh, via text
Thanks Chummers, is that how you pronounce it?

1403: Norway have got to continue to go for this, but Prinz is always going to be dangerous on the break. Ronning has been impressive at the back but Germany coach Silvia Neid will have told Prinz to keep on Ronning, as the Spencer Davis Group once said. Sort of.

1402: The second half is under way and immediately Germany are on the attack. Prinz tees up Sandra Smisek, but she blazes high over the bar.

"Norway should definitely be in front but just can't seem to find that final edge. Would be nice to see them get an early goal in the second half."
GoonerDoogal on 606

Germany 1-0 Norway
The half-time whistle sounds with Germany lucky to be in front. It has been frantic but just time to tell you that the injured Behringer has been replaced by Bajramaj. Apparently, it's pronounced 'Baj-ra-may' which is a bit confusing. Surely it should either be 'Bay-ra-may' or 'Baj-ra-maj'? It's the women's football equivalent of Sean Bean.

1345: The Chinese stadium announcer has given the goal to Prinz. What's all that about? Own goals may be hard to take, but these girls are big enough to take the flak, so why patronise them by trying to make them feel better about their mistakes?

1344: If Prinz was Norwegian we'd be huaranteed a Scandanavian finalist by now. Another goalmouth scramble but shocking finishing and again the Germans are off the hook.

1342: GOAL Germany 1-0 Norway
Told you so. Birgit Prinz breaks away after more Norway pressure and bears down on the Norwegian penalty area. There's no-one in support so she whacks a hopeful ball across the six-yard box and is surprised and delighted to see it bounce off Ronning and into the net. An unfortunate own goal, but it's not how it's how many.

1341: Norway have done all the pressing but still no-one has scored against Germany at this tournament. You have to make pressure like this count.

1333: An aerial challenge on the edge of the German box and Krahn is down hurt, along with Ragnhild Gulbrandsen. Krahn has hurt her elbow and Gulbrandsen is rubbing her head - pretty damning evidence really!

1324: Great tackle by Trina Ronning. She slides in to take the ball off Melanie Behringer when the slightest mistiming would have conceded a penalty.

1322: Norway are bossing this. Another corner drops kindly to Solveig Gulbrandsen who thumps a volley and is unlucky to see it fly straight at Angerer.

We know Germany are dangerous, but at least Norway have had a couple of shots in anger. Or should that be in Angerer?

1320: Kaurin is in. She's left in the clear by Bresonik's misjudgment but fluffs her shot when well placed. Angerer fluffs the save two and is relieved to see the ball bobble behind for a corner.

1317: A first shot on target but it's a speculative long ranger from the right wing by Kaurin. Sixty seconds later Ingvild Stensland has another, but both are straight at German keeper Nadine Angerer.

1316: Birgit Prinz gets her first sniff of the semi-final, the three-times world player of the year blazing high and wide from long distance after a menacing run.

1314: Kaurin sees the first yellow of the game for hacking down Simone Laudehr in full flow.

1313: Krahn to the rescue again. The centre back smacks the ball clear as Gulbrandsen looks to get on the end of Leni Larsen Kaurin's cross.

1308: A great move down the right by Norway sees Ragnhild Gulbrandsen teed up in front of goal but Annike Krahn makes a crucial tackle.

This is an impressive start by the Norwegians, who are clearly intent on fighting fire with fire and attacking the dangerous world champions.

"This will be really close. I have seen Norway about the hotel and they are looking confident. I wish the Germans would smile a bit more around the hotel."
Co-commentator Lucy Ward on BBC 2

1300: Here we go then. I haven't been this excited about a women's football match since seeing six-year-old Jessica Roach mark her debut with a well-taken double last week. Who is going to emerge as today's hero?

1240: Hello everyone, welcome to the semi-final stages of the Women's World Cup. Today's first semi feels like the European play-off, with holders and favourites Germany taking on rivals Norway, who beat them in the 1995 final.

Twelve years is a long time in women's football though and Germany are hot favourites today. But rule Norway out at your peril; they beat Germany in the Algarve Cup in March and drew 2-2 when these sides met in their final World Cup warm-up last month.

Which way will it go? Let me know what you reckon as we prepare for the big kick-off in 20 minutes by dropping me a text on 81111 or get involved in 606.

Germany v Norway
25 Sep 07 |  Women


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