Harrison, N.J. – Germany and France played to a goalless draw in the SheBelieves Cup curtain raiser to the U.S.A. vs. England game today at Red Bull Arena.
Despite starting the match with something resembling its first 11 France was fortunate to escape with a share of the spoils. French keeper Sarah Bouhaddi came up with the save of the match when she stoned Mandy Islacker on a 24th minute penalty kick. Bouhaddi bailed herself out with the save after she downed Hasret Kayikci who had slipped behind the French defense.
Kayikci was a late addition to the German squad and with coach Steffi Jones electing to leave several regulars on the bench Kayikci was one of the young guns to impress for the Olympic champions. In an evenly played first half on what was a frigid afternoon in Harrison, France came closest to scoring when towering center back Wendie Renard
snapped a header off of the crossbar moments before Germany’s penalty try.
The second half was a different story with the Germans pelting Bouhaddi’s goal with shot after shot, aided in part by some shaky handling from the normally reliable French keeper.
German coach Jones kept the pressure on, introducing first teasers Alexandra Popp, Anja Mittag, and Leonie Maier as the half unfolded. France looked certain to succeed but somehow Les Bleues held on.
This result leaves France with one win, one tie and 0 losses heading into Tuesday’s finale against the U.S. while Germany stand at 0 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws with England remaining