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Giulia Gwinn gets Germany off to winning start in Women’s World Cup

Germany’s teenage midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored a second-half winner as the 2007 and 2003 world champions edged past China to kick off their World Cup campaign. The 19-year-old fired in from the edge of the box in the 66th minute to break stiff Chinese resistance in the Group B encounter.

China had almost stunned the favourites against the run of play in the first half when Yang Li was sent through after a German error but her shot was cleared when she looked certain to score. Carolin Simon hit the woodwork with a cross minutes later but Germany’s early dominance faded as the Chinese gained in confidence.

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