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Germany claims Olympic bronze over Brazil 2-0.

SYDNEY (September 28, 2000) -- Germany won its first Olympic women's soccer medal by shutting out Brazil in the Bronze Medal match. It is their biggest international success since claiming the runner-up spot to Norway at the 1995 Women's World Cup in Sweden.

After a scoreless first half, hard-working midfielder Renate Lingor curled a 21-yard free kick round the defensive wall and inside the left post to open the scoring in the 64th minute.

The score changed the pace of the game and saw Brazil seek a quick equaliser although Brazil left top scorers Raquel and Katia on the bench, while the Germans dropped defender Tina Wunderlich, whose own goal in the semifinal against Norway may have cost them a place in the final.

But the Germans scored again when Birgit Prinz on the counter attack got her third goal of the tournament with 11 minutes to play. Prinz who collected a through ball on her left knee and outpaced Juliana before firing home with her left foot proved her reputation as one of the fastest and most prolific strikers of the tournament.

Germany 2, Brazil 0

Lineups: Germany: Silke Rottenberg, Kerstin Stegemann (Melanie Hoffmann 20), Steffi Jones, Doris Fitschen (captain), Maren Meinert, Birgit Prinz, Bettina Wiegmann, Inka Grings (Jeanette Goette 94), Sandra Minnert, Ariane Hingst (Stefanie Gottschlich 55), Renate Lingor. Coach - Tina Theune-Meyer. Brazil: Andreia, Juliana, Daniela, Tania, Formiga (Raquel 68), Cidinha, Sissi (captain), Roseli (Rosana 70), Pretinha, Maicon, Simone (Suzana 75). Coach - José Duarte.

Germany - Lingor 64.
Germany - Prinz 79.

Yellow card cautions: Germany - Ritschen 84; Brazil - Juliana 37, Simone 53, Daniela 92.

Referee: Eun Ju Im (Korea). Referee’s assistants: Lynn Margaret Fox (New Zealand), Jackeline Saez (Panama). Attendance: 11,200 at Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

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