Thu 16.Feb 2012 01:34 Albert Sigurdsson,
Germany back in business - defeated Turkey 5-0
Silvia Neid saw her team win from the stands today.
Germany revived their UEFA Women's EURO 2013 qualifying campaign on a bittersweet 50th appearance for Saskia Bartusiak, while Northern Ireland secured a valuable point in Belgium.

Having failed to win a UEFA European Women's Championship fixture − or any qualifier at all − for the first time since 1999 when they drew 2-2 with Spain in November, Germany needed victory in Turkey to move level at the top of Group 2. Without Nadine Angerer, Inka Grings, Kim Kulig, Simone Laudehr and Fatmire Bajramaj, not to mention suspended coach Silvia Neid, Germany won 5-0 in Izmir to ensure the 31 March visit of Spain to Mannheim should decide first place and automatic qualification.

Winners of the last five European titles, Germany were two up in 11 minutes when Dzsenifer Maroszan − earning her fourth cap − shot in from 25 metres and then the returning Linda Bresonik's cross was volleyed in by Célia Okoyino da Mbabi. Several more chances went begging before the break, and just before the hour debutant goalkeeper Almuth Schult had to save from Arzu Karabulut.

Eventually Germany stretched away, Bresonik pouncing on a rebound after substitute Anja Mittag had hit the bar and Melanie Behringer scoring twice in the last 14 minutes. However, in the dying moments Bartusiak − captaining Germany on her 50th appearance − was dismissed for a second booking and will miss the game against Spain.

Neid, who now takes her side to the Algarve Cup, said: "We started well, but wasted too many opportunities. Our passing game didn't work at its best and we have to work hard. It was our first game after the winter break, that might be an excuse."

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