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Germany suffer first defeat in 20 years at Euros

Reuters, STOCKHOLM

Norway’s Maren Mjelde, right, vies for the ball with Germany’s Celia Okoyino da Mbabi in their UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 match in Kalmar, Sweden, on Wednesday.

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Germany suffered their first defeat in 20 years at UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 when they lost 1-0 to Norway on Wednesday. Norway finished top of Group B, with Germany as runners-up.

In the group’s other game, Iceland beat the Netherlands 1-0 to knock out the Dutch and qualify for the last eight as one of the best third-placed teams.

Norway took the lead on the stroke of halftime after Germany failed to clear a free-kick. The ball fell to Ingvild Isaksen, whose shot deflected off Elise Thorsnes into the German net.

Seven-time champions Germany increased the pressure in the second half, but despite a slew of corners and free-kicks they were kept at bay at the Kalmar Arena.

In Vaxsjo, Iceland went ahead on the half-hour when an unmarked Dagny Brynjarsdottir headed home a deep cross from Hallbera Gisladottir to score Iceland’s second goal of the tournament.

Despite having 22 shots on goal, the Netherlands could not find a way past Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir in the Iceland goal.

Norway won the group with seven points. Germany and Iceland finished on four points, with Germany securing second place thanks to their superior goal-difference.

The Netherlands earned a single point from their draw with Germany, but failed to score.

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