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Dzsenifer Marozsán has cemented her place on top of women's soccer

Germany has their first ever gold medal in women's soccer, and they have Dzsenifer Marozsán to thank.

Dzsenifer Marozsán has been a European champion for both club and country. She scored the winner in the semifinal of UEFA Euro 2013 against Sweden before Germany went on to win the title, and two years later, she captured the sport's top club honor for the first time. Mandy Islacker scored a dramatic stoppage time winner to fire FFC Frankfurt to the Champions League title in 2015, assisted by a Marozsán cross.

Even though she plays in midfield, Marozsán's goal-scoring record is excellent. She's finished top-10 in the Bundesliga in scoring the last two years, outpacing some top-class strikers.

Despite all that, there was something big missing from Marozsán's resume. Up until this year, she'd yet to guide Germany to the final of one of the world's two major global tournaments, the World Cup and the Olympics.

Last year, Marozsán came into the World Cup hurt. She dominated group stage play anyway, but got injured again and was unable to start a semifinal loss to the United States. When she was subbed on out of desperation, she looked like a shell of the player she's capable of being.

While Germany got to the gold medal game in Rio, Marozsán drew some criticism for having an average tournament.  She was subbed off at halftime during the semifinal, once again for picking up a knock, and there were questions about whether she'd be fit for the final. Once again, Marozsán was hurt when her team needed her most. Then, on Friday, she flipped the narrative.

Against a Sweden defense that successfully stifled the United States and Brazil, Marozsán came up huge with a stunning opening strike from the edge of the box and a fantastic free kick that forced the game-winning own goal. Germany captured their first ever gold medal, and Marozsán got her big career-defining moment. She's only 24, so there are probably more to come.

Now, there's no knocking Marozsán's resume. She's a European champion at club level, and a European and Olympic champion at international level, with huge individual game-clinching plays in all three tournaments.