All of VfL’s internationals avoided defeat with their respective countries during the latest round of fixtures, consolidating their places at the top of their qualifying groups for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Goal fest against Turkey
A Germany team featuring seven VfL players in their squad beat Turkey 8-0 in Braunschweig. Svenja Huth, Lena Oberdorf and Felicitas Rauch were named in the starting XI, with Huth captaining the side. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s charges then travelled to Faro for their final qualifier of the year and stretched their lead at the top of their group with a 3-1 victory over Portugal. Kathrin Hendrich started that game alongside Oberdorf and Huth, who made it 2-0 with a low strike.
Goalkeeper Julia Kassen started two of Germany U20s’ three games at the Four Nations Tournament, where Germany finished third after registering one win and two defeats.
Back-to-back draws for Netherlands
The Netherlands’ only competitive fixture ended in a 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic in Ostrava. Dominique Janssen and Jill Roord started the match, with Joelle Smits and Shanice van de Sanden coming off the bench as the Oranje netted a late equaliser to earn a point.
Mark Parsons’ team then took on Japan in a friendly in their final game of the calendar year. Smits and van de Sanden replaced Janssen and Roord in the starting line-up for the goalless draw against the 2011 world champions.