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Football: Gwinn wins it as Germany beat China 1-0 in their women's World Cup opener

Sunday, 2019-06-09 06:37:05
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Women's World Cup - Group B - Germany v China - Roazhon Park, Rennes, France - June 8, 2019 Germany's Giulia Gwinn scores their first goal. (Reuters)
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Germany's teenage midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored a second-half winner as the two-time world champions edged past China 1-0 on Saturday to kick off their World Cup campaign.

* Ada Hegerberg was not needed as Norway kicked off their women's World Cup Group A campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday.

* Jenni Hermoso converted a pair of second-half penalties as Spain recovered from a goal down to beat Women's World Cup newcomers South Africa 3-1 in their opening game Saturday (Jun 8).

* FIFA on Saturday (Jun 8) found the former head of the Afghanistan Football Federation, Keramuddin Karim, guilty of sexually abusing female players and banned him from the sport for life.

* Glasses and glass bottles will be banned from the Nations League fanzone for Sunday's Portugal-Netherlands final, police said on Saturday in the wake of trouble involving England supporters earlier this week.

* Sebastian Vettel was fastest in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of team mate Charles LeClerc on Saturday, signalling that Ferrari may be prepared to offer a challenge to the Mercedes dominance.

* Brazil striker Neymar is expected to be out of action for four weeks after picking up an ankle injury in a Copa America warm-up game this week, his club Paris St Germain said on Saturday.

* Spain and Portugal are to start an in-depth analysis of whether to bid for the 2030 World Cup, they said on Saturday, without making any mention of Morocco who were previously also said to be involved.

* New Zealand's women's football team have received a boost ahead of their World Cup final opener against the Netherlands on Tuesday after coach Tom Sermanni was given a contract extension through next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Reuters, CNA