Germany won their opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup as Giulia Gwinn fired home the only goal of the encounter on her competitive debut for the two-time champions.

The 19-year-old drove in from the edge of the area to sink a plucky China outfit at Roazhon Park, sending her side top of Group B in the process.

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Germany 1-0 China

Though they dominated for large periods, the Europeans struggled to break down a resilient Steel Roses team in Rennes.  

The sides both struck the woodwork before the deadlock was broken, Yang Li hitting the upright when presented with a fine opportunity to score after opponent Carolin Simon had rattled the bar in a tense clash.

Gwinn punished sub-par defending shortly after the hour-mark, China failing to clear a corner before the starlet slotted in for the German's first World Cup goal in over 300 minutes of football.

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Spain and South Africa meet later this afternoon in the pool's other match, with Norway kicking off against Nigeria in Group A this evening.