The women's DEB started the World Cup with two victories

After its second victory at the World Cup, German women's hockey is on the verge of reaching the quarterfinals. National coach Jeff MacLeod's team won 4-1 (0-0, 2-0, 2-1) against Japan in Utica, USA on Saturday and is unbeaten at the top of the Group B table with Sweden. The medal candidate from Scandinavia will be the next opponent of the DEB team on Monday evening.

After an even, goalless first third, Jule Schiefer redeemed MacLeod's team with his second goal of the tournament. The Memmingen striker made it 1-0 in the 36th minute. Almost two minutes later, Ingolstadt's Bernadette Karpf increased the score to 2-0. “We had some difficulties, but now we have found our game,” said goalscorer Schiefer after the second third.

In the last half, Luisa Welcke (59th), who plays at Boston University in the USA, and Nicola Eisenschmid (60th/Memmingen) scored the other German goals. The Japanese Akane Shiga scored 1:3 (59th). Starting at 5:00 p.m., the women's DEB will fight in the preliminary round for the next victory in the World Cup.