Women's World Cup: South Africa 0 Germany 4: Daebritz on target again to clinch top spot

First-half goals from Melanie Leupolz, Sara Daebritz and Alexandra Popp set up Germany's easy Women's World Cup win against South Africa.

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Players of South Africa show appreciation to the fans after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group B match between South Africa and Germany at Stade de la Mosson on Monday in Montpellier, France.   -  Getty Images

Germany finished top of Group B and eliminated South Africa after a 4-0 win at the Women's World Cup, with Sara Daebritz scoring for the second game running.

Narrow victories against China and Spain had already secured qualification for Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's side, who again showed its class in Montpellier on Monday despite the absence of injured star Dzsenifer Marozsan.

First-half goals from Melanie Leupolz, Daebritz and Alexandra Popp set up an easy win that sent South Africa out of the competition, with Lina Magull adding a fourth.

South Africa vs Germany, as it happened

Leupolz opened the scoring in the 14th minute with her first Germany goal since 2016.

A right-wing corner from Verena Schweers was badly defended by South Africa, allowing Leupolz to plant home a simple header.

It was 2-0 in the 29th minute when South Africa goalkeeper Andile Dlamini made a mess of a routine ball into the box, leaving Daebritz a tap-in, and a third goal arrived before half-time.

Giulia Gwinn's brilliant left-wing cross set up captain Popp, who earlier missed a great chance, to score an easy downward header.

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Another Dlamini mistake led to Magull netting the fourth from close range before the hour mark, the goalkeeper only able to push Marina Hegering's header against the inside of the post.

After Janine van Wyk's speculative 35-yard drive flew narrowly over the crossbar, Dlamini regained her composure to make a fine save from Daebritz before Germany twice saw a late fifth ruled out for offside.