Leonie Maier of Arsenal. Arsenal Women v Reading Women, WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Arsenal defender Maier provides assist as Germany defeat Australia

Arsenal defender Leonie Maier provided an assist as Germany recorded a 5-2 victory over Australia in Wiesbaden this afternoon in an international friendly match.

The 28-year-old full-back played the full 90 minutes for Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side as Germany recorded their second victory of 2021 against an Australian side who were returning to competitive action following a 13-month absence.

Rookie midfielder Sjoeke Nusken netted the first goal for the Germans after just 11 minutes and the scoreline was to remain at 1-0 for the remainder of the half.

A six-goal second half began with Kathrin Hendrich volleying home a cross to put Germany 2-0 up. Arsenal defender Maier then teed up debutant Jule Brand to score before Laura Freigang soon made it 4-0.

Emily Gielnik pulled a goal back for Australia with eight minutes to go before Linda Dallmann netted a fifth German goal. Gielnik then scored her second goal a minute later to complete the scoring as Germany ended the match 5-2 winners.

In addition to Arsenal defender Maier, Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger was a member of the German squad, although she remained an unused substitute. English-based players Lydia Williams, Alanna Kennedy, Hayley Raso, Emily van Egmond, Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord all started for Australia while Mackenzie Arnold and Ella Mastrantonio remain unused substitutes.

Germany face Norway in their next international friendly fixture on Tuesday while Australia travel to Nijmegen to face The Netherlands on the same day.

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