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Germany gets another 1-0 win at World Cup, beating Spain

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 12/06/2019 By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer
Germany's Sara Daebritz, top left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between Spain and Germany at Stade du Hainau in Valenciennes, France, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) © Provided by The Associated Press Germany's Sara Daebritz, top left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between Spain and Germany at Stade du Hainau in Valenciennes, France, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

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VALENCIENNES, France (AP) — Germany is finding it far from easy going at the World Cup.

Against a skillful Spain, the two-time world champions relied on Sara Däbritz's goal in the 42nd minute for the win Wednesday.

Germany's midfielder Sara Dabritz (L) celebrates with Germany's midfielder Alexandra Popp (R) after scoring the opening goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group B football match between Germany and Spain, on June 12, 2019, at the Hainaut Stadium in Valenciennes, northern France. (Photo by Denis Charlet / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Images Germany's midfielder Sara Dabritz (L) celebrates with Germany's midfielder Alexandra Popp (R) after scoring the opening goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group B football match between Germany and Spain, on June 12, 2019, at the Hainaut Stadium in Valenciennes, northern France. (Photo by Denis Charlet / AFP) (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

It was second-ranked Germany's second successive 1-0 victory in Group B. Germany earned three points for an opening round 1-0 win over China.

The Germans, who have always reached at least the quarterfinals at Women's World Cups, had to overcome slack defense before taking the lead.

Germany's Alexandra Popp, left, heads the ball against Spain's Irene Paredes, right, and Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos, background, before teammate Germany's Sara Daebritz scored the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between Spain and Germany at Stade du Hainau in Valenciennes, France, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) © Provided by The Associated Press Germany's Alexandra Popp, left, heads the ball against Spain's Irene Paredes, right, and Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos, background, before teammate Germany's Sara Daebritz scored the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between Spain and Germany at Stade du Hainau in Valenciennes, France, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Spain's lack of production spared Germany an upset to the 13th-ranked team that is playing in only its second World Cup.

When a high ball was sent to Nahikari Garcia in the 14th minute, the forward broke through the center backs. But with only goalkeeper Almuth Schult to beat, Garcia chipped wide.

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Germany took the lead against the run of play. Sandra Paños had just saved Alexandra Popp's header but she couldn't keep hold of it and Däbritz pounced to bundle the loose ball into the net.

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