GRENOBLE – Germany captain Alexandra Popp hailed a “perfect day” after leading her team into the last eight of the Women’s World Cup with a hard-fought 3-0 win over underdogs Nigeria on Saturday.
Popp, 28, scored a 20th minute opener and celebrated her 100th cap as Germany became the first team to reach the quarter-finals.
“It was a perfect day today. We put a lot of pressure on the Nigerians and the early goal gave us stability,” Popp told broadcaster ZDF.
“I am so happy for Poppi. It was a special game for her today, and she gave absolutely everything,” added coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.
Voss-Tecklenburg’s side are yet to concede a goal in their four games at the World Cup so far.