Football: Female commentator makes breakthrough on German TV

BERLIN (AP) - German football fans heard an unfamiliar voice on Sunday when a woman gave running commentary on a men's football game on national TV for the first time.

Christina Graf became the country's first female commentator at a men's professional football game when she covered Hertha Berlin's visit to Jahn Regensburg in the German football second division.

The 27-year-old Graf defeated around 1,200 applicants to win a casting show for her new job with broadcaster Sky.

Graf tells the dpa news agency "It's a huge opportunity" and that she's not "the very extroverted type and won't go ballistic."

Claudia Neumann was the first female to commentate live on a football game for German TV in 2011 when the country hosted the Women's World Cup.