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Monday Roundup: Spain pummels Paraguay at U-20 World Cup

Also in today’s Roundup, GoFundMe page started for former Spirit Reserves player and Dzsenifer Marozsan wins Germany’s Footballer of the Year

Spain rode a hat trick from Patricia Guijarro to an authoritative, 4-1 victory over Paraguay in Group C play the the U-20 World Cup on Monday in Concarneau, France. Better known as Patri, the 20-year old Mallorcan midfielder opened the scoring in the 40th minute and made it 3-1 with another in the 64th minute. That one came only two minutes after Paraguay got their only tally on the day through Jessica Martinez. Patri finished up the hat trick with a stoppage time goal on the end of a set piece which was defended particularly poorly by the South American side.

Claudia Pina also scored for Spain, only four minutes after halftime to make it 2-0 and set the tone for the remainder of the match. Paraguay though did hit the woodwork three times.

Spain will next play Japan who defeated the United States, 1-0 on Monday while Paraguay will face the U.S. Those matches are Thursday back in Concarneau.

In Group D play, three-time champion Germany and China opened with Monday victories. Germany rode a Stefanie Sanders goal in the 68th minute to a 1-0 victory over Nigeria.

China edged debutante Haiti 2-1, taking a lead through Zhao Yujie in the 13th minute and doubling in the opening minute of the second half on a goal by Shen Mengyu. Haiti got on the board in the 78th minute when captain Nerilia Mondesir converted a penalty. The Haitians pushed relentlessly for the equalizer but were short in the end and failed to collect a point.

Germany will face China on Thursday followed by Nigeria against Haiti. The tournament is off Tuesday and resumes with Group A and B play on Wednesday.

GoFundMe started for former Spirit reserves player

A GoFundMe has been started to help former Washington Spirit Reserve player Annie Wickett who recently suffered a stroke. Wickett, 25, recently left training early feeling sick and later that evening was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and then transferred to a different hospital in Romania. According this GoFundMe page, the validity of which was confirmed to The Equalizer by the Washington Spirit, Wickett and her family will need to spend at least one month recovering in Romania before she will have a chance to return to the United States.

Marozsan is German Footballer of the Year

Dzsenifer Marozsan is Germany’s Footballer of the Year for 2018

Dzseniger Marozsan has been named Germany’s Footballer of the Year, 2018. Marozsan was a key cog in the midfield at Olympique Lyonnais which cruised to a 12th straight French league championship finishing the season with 21 victories and a draw from 22 matches. They also captured the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the third year running. She was also a regular in the German midfield.

Marozsan’s career hit a snag this summer when she was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. A time table for a return to the field is not known.

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