Berger received her first international cap this evening having earnt a place in the starting line-up of the German national side. The Chelsea goalkeeper, along with Blues team-mate Melanie Leupolz, helped their team maintain a 100 per cent record in their Euro qualifying campaign with a comfortable victory in Dublin.
Leupolz also featured in Germany’s commanding 6-0 triumph over Greece Friday evening, while Berger was an unused substitute. Leupolz came on in midfield with half-an-hour left of play and was handed the captain’s armband. They were 4-0 up by half-time and Germany are confirmed as Group I winners.
Sweden who thumped Slovakia 6-0 in their final Group F match with Andersson bagging herself a first international goal when she scored the fourth of the night. And what a goal it was from the Chelsea defender! The 27-year-old, who is known for assisting goals, this time got in on the act when she pulled the trigger from range and her left-footed effort sailed swiftly into the top corner.
Andersson played the full 90 minutes at left-back while Chelsea’s skipper Magdalena Eriksson, who was recently named as Sweden’s player of the year and defender of the year, remained on the bench. The Scandinavians had already qualified as group winners before tonight’s match and have won seven and drawn one.
Pernille Harder and Denmark drew 0-0 in their final match of Group B against second-place Italy. The Danes had already booked a place in the European Championships with a 3-1 victory away to Italy last month and they top the group undefeated with nine victories and a draw and a goal difference of 47.