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Germany cruised into the quarter finals of the Euro 2009 Championships with a crushing 5-1 victory over France at Tampere.
Inka Grings opened the scoring for the defending Champions in the ninth minute by heading in a cross from Birgit Prinz and Annike Krahn quickly added a second with a 25-yard strike. Germany netted a third on the stroke of half time, Melanie Behringer driving home a low free kick from just outside the area.
Two minutes into the second half, Linda Bresonik further increased Germany's lead from the penalty spot following a handball offence in the area. There was brief respite for France as Gaetane Thiney pulled a goal back but the Germans were not finished and rounded off the victory in the dying minutes when Prinz set up substitute Simone Laudehr to score.
Germany were later confirmed as group winners when Norway defeated Iceland 1-0 at Lahti.
Although Iceland started the game well and Dora Maria Larusdottir struck the post early on, Norway began to assume control but it wasn't until first half injury time that they took the lead through a well taken goal from Cecilie Pedersen.
Norway strove for a second goal after the break but had to settle for the 1-0 scoreline and the result means that they must beat France on Sunday in order to take second place from them.
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