Germany started their Women’s World Cup campaign in emphatic style defeating debutants Ivory Coast 10-0 in Ottawa.
A brace from Celia Sasic and a brilliantly worked goal from Anja Mittag put Silvia Neid’s side three goals ahead before the half-hour mark before Sasic completed her 15-minute hat-trick and Mittag’s second rounded off an excellent first period. Germany slightly took their foot off the gas in the second period but it didn’t stop the goals with Mittag completing her hat-trick to make it six. Four more goals from Simeone Laudehr, Sara Dabritz, Melanie Behringer and Alexandra Popp helped to wrap up the three points in some style.
Germany began their rout only two minutes in when full-back Leonie Maier cut it back from the by-line for an un-marked Sasic who just cooly slotted it into the net.
It should have been two, six minutes later when a cross caught out the Ivorian defence leaving three Germans open in the area with the ball finding Laudehr but she put chance over the crossbar. In the 10th minute, Dominique Thiamale made her first real save of the tie, Germany produced a good through to Popp but the 'keeper came flying off her line to block the effort. Sasic got her and Germany’s second 14 minutes in, a brilliant curling cross found the striker free in the area and she headed it easily past a floundering Thiamale. It could have been three if not the crucial interception of Sophie Aguie, Sasic almost looked certain to take it around Thiamale in the 18th minute for her hat-trick but the defender just got enough on it to keep the score at two.
The Germans got their third in some style 28 minutes in, Meir, who had been causing major problems to the Ivorian defence played it off to Lena Goeßling who played an excellent through ball to Mittag who slotted it under Thiamale. Two minutes later Sasic completed her hat-trick, a good ball over the Ivorian defence came through to Mittag who unselfishly squared it across the area to Sasic who had an easy tap-in. Ten minutes before the break Germany got their fifth, they continued to take advantage of the Ivorian’s poor defending with Laudehr cutting it back for Mittag who had been so unselfish five minutes previously, took her opportunity this time around hitting a thunderous side-footed shot into the net.
Thiamale was on hand again to prevent Germany getting a sixth two minutes later, the keeper did brilliantly to take a cross off the feet off Mittag and then was on hand again to block Sasic’s follow-up. Mittag completed her own hat-trick in the 64th minute, a long punt forward from the German defence forced an awful mistake from Aguie and the forward didn’t waste her opportunity running towards goal and slotted home with relative ease.
Germany got their seventh with 19 minutes to play, Laudehr was excellently put through on-goal and did well to cut inside Souleymane Coulibaly and curl it eloquently into the bottom corner. The 75th minute saw the German’s eighth, substitute Lena Petermann did brilliantly to hold off the pressure from the defender before dragging the ball back from the by-line which found and Dabritz was there to hit it into an empty net. The 79th minute saw Germany’s ninth goal, a corner came off the shoulder of Behringer but she did miss the second opportunity when her shot came off the hands of Thiamale and in.
The European champions rounded off the match after 85 minutes on the clock with Popp putting them into double figures. Popp, who had been excellent throughout the game stood over a free-kick just outside the area, she hit a low curling effort which was just out of the reach of Thiamale and into the bottom corner.
Germany put in the stellar performance in what was an easy test against a naïve Ivory Coast side. They will know that not every game in the tournament will be this easy for Neid’s side, but it shows that their side can handle the pressure of tournament football and by their performance they certainly have the quality to go the distance in this tournament.
Ivory Coast’s introduction onto the international stage was a very disappointing one, they lack of tournament experience was evident especially in the defensive area but not much could have been expected from the Ivorian’s against one of the best women international sides in the world. Despite the heavy defeat there was some positives to take from their game and that could stand them in good stead going into the next match against Thailand.