An early goal from Klara Bühl calmed the nerves of the German side at Brentford Community Stadium, before Alexandra Popp doubled the advantage later in the first half.

The clinical win means that with one game to spare, Germany move on to the next stage of the tournament securing top spot in Group B.

Bühl said the team was “very happy and proud” to have taken the next step, and Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg praised her team’s spirit.

“It was exactly that spirit that everyone thinks about with the Germany team, but it was also a great tactical performance,” she said, according to the Guardian. “Some players may have sworn because they didn’t touch the ball much, but they were rewarded with two goals.”

Spain were touted as one of the favorites ahead of the tournament, largely thanks to the success of the Barcelona women’s team as one of the dominant club teams in Europe.

However, despite beating Finland 4-1 in their opener, Spain’s chances at this year’s competition have been hit hard on the eve of the tournament.

2021 Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas has ruptured her left anterior cruciate ligament, meaning the team would be left without their most in-form player as well as all-time leading scorer, Jenni Hermoso , after she was also ruled out with a knee injury.

And Tuesday evening, the absence of the duo was felt hard. Despite having 70 per cent possession of the ball, La Roja couldn’t convert any of the goalscoring chances he created, lacking attacking advantage without his two star attacking weapons.

And on the other side, Germany was ruthless when it counted.

Despite all the neat passes from Spain, it was a ball error that gave Germany their first goal. A poor pass from Spain keeper Sandra Paños fell directly on Bühl who fired clinically home to give Germany a lead in the opening five minutes.

And, minutes before half-time, Germany doubled their lead, Popp heading home from a corner.

Popp, who missed Euro 2013 and 2017, only returned from a long injury in March but this is his second goal in as many games after scoring against Denmark in the opener.

With Germany through to the next round and avoiding hosting England with top spot in Group B, Spain’s future participation hangs in the balance.

They face Denmark in their final group game on Saturday, with the winner finishing second and progressing while the loser heads home.

“I hope it will help us for the next game and for the future,” Spain coach Jorge Vilda said. “We have to prepare mentally. After the goal, we maybe played our best 30 minutes.”

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