German Women Win World Cup

Defend title with 2-0 defeat of Brazil
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2007 3:44 PM CDT
German players react after their second goal against Brazil in the final of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament in Shanghai, China, Sunday Sept. 30, 2007. Germany won 2-0. (AP Photo/Greg...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Germany took down Brazil 2-0 today, to win its second straight women’s World Cup. The game’s pivotal moment came in the second half, when Brazilian star Marta had a chance to tie the game on a penalty kick, but was blocked by goalkeeper Nadine Angerer. “After the penalty save, I felt it was meant to be," said Germany coach Silvia Neid.

Germany didn’t allow a goal in six tournament games, outscoring opponents 21-0. No team has ever had a clean sheet for a major tournament before. In the finals, the Brazilian attack, which dismantled the US 4-0, dominated the midfield but could not get past the German defense. Eventually, second-half goals from Birgit Prinze and Simone Laudehr sealed the win.