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Germany too hot for Iceland, go top

Reuters, STOCKHOLM

Germany’s Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, left, tries to score past Iceland goalkeeper Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir in their UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 match in Vaxjo, Sweden, on Sunday.

Photo: AFP

Celia Okoyino da Mbabi scored twice for Germany as the holders beat Iceland 3-0 to go top of Group B at the Women’s Euro 2013 in Sweden on Sunday.

Lena Lotzen gave Germany the lead in the 24th minute, turning her marker inside out, before curling home a low left-footed shot.

With Germany dominating the game, Okoyino da Mbabi doubled the advantage 10 minutes into the second half, thumping home a rebound off the underside of the crossbar after a shot by Leonie Maier.

Six minutes from time, Okoyino da Mbabi claimed her second with a classic poacher’s strike, cutting in front of her marker to slide the ball home.

Germany racked up 31 shots and should have had several more goals, but Iceland goalkeeper Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir pulled off a string of brilliant saves to keep her side in the game.

In the day’s other Group B encounter, Solveig Guldbrandsen scored a wonderful solo goal to give Norway a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands.

Picking up a loose clearance, Guldbrandsen dribbled into the penalty area and rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner in the 54th minute.

Germany and Norway, who meet in their final group game tomorrow, have four points with Germany ahead on goal-difference.

Iceland and the Netherlands have a point apiece before they meet in their final group game on the same day.

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