July 7, 2001
Germany wins UEFA Championship again
By Thorsten Frennstedt
Germany 1 Sweden
0 ( In extra time)
the title of the European Championships in front of the second biggest
home crowd ever, 19,200 in the Donau stadion in Ulm. Their opponents from
Sweden forced the favourites to a golden goal after a draw in regular
The goal was scored by Claudia Muller after 8 minutes of extra time. Claudia
scored twice in the inaugural Germany-Sweden, however she was replaced
from the start by Sandra Smisek.
Sweden put on an extraordinary strong performance and dominated the first
half, stopping the German midfielders. Malin Moström was the best
Swedish field player. Caroline Jönsson made some crucial saves proving
that she is a world class keeper. Apart from the previous goals against
Germany finals Caroline did not let any in during the other matches. It
was one of Sweden´s all time best internationals against a high ranked
team. All the Swedish players performed at their highest level, in a manner
that has not been seen for many years. They just missed a decisive goal.
Victoria Svensson and Therese Sjögran got their chances. The Germans
Smisek and Muller kept Caroline Jönsson in action. The rain made
the pitch a little slippery but the good thing was a that it was a little
lower temperature than during the two weeks tournament.