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Australia and Germany battle to 2-2 draw in Sao Paulo

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In the second match of the day from Group F, Australia tied Germany 2-2 at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. 

After Germany almost struck first in the third minute off a headed cross by Alexandra Popp that flashed just wide of the post, Australia went back down the field and got on the score sheet in the 5th minute.  Caitlin Foord made a strong surging run through the middle of the field towards the edge of the penalty area and laid off a perfectly weighted pass for oncoming midfielder Samantha Kerr, who fired a left-footed shot past Germany goalie Almuth Schult for the stunning early 1-0 lead.

Immediately after the goal, the Germans picked up their pressure and tempo and had a few shots from long distance that had to be thwarted by Australian goalie Lydia Williams. 

In the 15th minute, Australia came narrowly close to making it 2-0 over the two-time World Cup champions when defender Laura Alleway received a pass directly from a corner kick and fired a blast from way out that went just wide of the German goal.

As the half wore on, it became of a battle in the midfield with neither being able to get into a rhythm of good possession and tempo. However, both teams ended up with numerous scoring chances. In the 37th minute, after wriggling past two Australian defenders at the edge of the penalty area, star forward Anja Mittag took a shot that was headed on frame, only for it to be parried aside by Williams.

No more than three minutes later, Australia had a golden chance at the other end after star forward Lisa De Vanna won a loose ball that sent in midfielder Katrina Gorry on goal. Gorry's shot ended up whistling just wide of the post. Yet once again, immediately after Australia had a great opportunity to double their advantage, Germany almost found the equalizer. Midfielder Melanie Behringer found herself in space 25 yards from goal and rifled a blast that Williams had to make a diving save to keep out of the net.

On the stroke of halftime, Australia would find the second goal they were looking. De Vanna nutmegged a German defender on the endline and slid a pass across goal to Caitlin Foord, who was making a darting run into the penalty area. Foord simply redirected the ball past Schult for the 2-0 lead. 

However, goals seem to come in bunches in soccer. No more than a minute later and seconds from the halftime whistle, Germany pulled a goal back. Off a soft two yard pass in the penalty area from Alexandra Popp, midfielder Sara Daebritz elegantly lifted a shot over Williams that floated into the top right corner to make the score 2-1 heading into the halftime break.

Australia would have the first half-chance of the second half in the 60th minute. A long pass sent Caitlin Foord in on a breakaway but as she approached Schult, she was off balance and was only able to make weak contact. Schult stuck her hand up and easily blocked the attempt.

As the second half progressed, neither team was able to establish a stranglehold on possession or become the team that created numerous, clear-cut scoring chances. However, Australia would come close in the 71s minute when Michelle Heyman, who came on a substitute five minutes earlier for De Vanna, created space for herself in the box and fire a bouncing ball that had to be pushed out for a corner kick by Schult.

In the 75th minute, it was Germany who would come close. And, once again, it was thanks to a long-range strike. Defender Tabea Kemme unleashed an on-target rocket with her left foot that had to be swatted away by Williams.

During the final fifteen minutes, Germany searched for the equalizer, firing numerous shots from distance and earning a plethora of corner kicks. The Europeans would finally be rewarded when an inswinging free kick from Behringer in the 88th minute found defender Saskia Bartusiak who put the ball over the line from two yards out to even the scoreline at 2-2. The match with both teams earning a point.

After today's result, Canada is atop Group G with six points. Germany is now in second with four points while Australia is in third with one point. Zimbabwe is in last place with zero points.

Germany faces off against Canada in a potential group-deciding match on Tuesday, August 9th at 3pm in Brasilia. Australia closes out its group stage slate against Zimbabwe at the same time. 


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