Germany continued to underline their Euro 2022 credentials with a 2-0 win over Spain to book their place in the quarter-finals at the top of Group B.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side beat Denmark 4-0 in their opener and proved too strong for a Spanish side looking to build their own momentum after being comfortable against the Finland.
It took just three minutes for Germany to open the scoring at Brentford Community Stadium.
Spain keeper Sandra Panos tried to clear after a routine back pass, but the ball cornered Klara Buhl, who turned on Barcelona defender Irene Paredes to fire a low shot into the bottom corner.
After being gifted with an opening goal, Germany quickly settled in to dominate possession in midfield.
Spain, however, were suddenly presented with a golden chance to score themselves when Lucia Garcia was knocked out from a high German back line.
The Athletic Bilbao striker ran into the penalty area and cleared the ball away from goalkeeper Merle Frohms, but sent her angled shot into the side netting.
Spain continued to press for an equalizer as Mariona Caldentey fired a diving effort from the edge of the box just wide.
But it was Germany who scored again seven minutes before half-time.
A corner was kicked into the penalty area, where captain Alexandra Popp rose to throw a header back via a slight deflection.
Spain looked to regroup once more and came close just before the break when Aitana Bonmati’s effort fell just wide.
Germany boss Voss-Tecklenburg made a change for the second half, with Wolfsburg midfielder Lena Lattwein replacing Lina Magull.
Wolfsburg striker Popp nearly netted a third goal for Germany shortly after the restart when she headed wide at the far post from a corner.
Popp was center stage once again heading into the hour mark, falling to what looked like a tug on the front of her shirt from Spain captain Paredes as she aimed to run for goal.
Experienced French referee Stephanie Frappart, however, stirred up the game and VAR did not overturn the decision.
Spain almost pulled a goal back 18 minutes from time when a deep ball was kicked into the penalty area and Caldentey volleyed towards the goal, which was brilliantly reversed by Frohms.
Germany had the ball in the net again in the 82nd minute after Tabea Wassmuth – clearly offside – broke free and rounded the goalkeeper before the flag was finally raised.
The Voss-Tecklenburg side play their final Group B match against Finland in Milton Keynes on Saturday, while Spain take on Denmark for the chance to face England in the round of 16.