Group B / Women's World Cup

WWC Group B: Norway, Germany roll in opening group matches

In a game that was never in question, Germany beat Cote D’Ivoire, 10-0. It was the second-largest margin of victory for the Germans in Women’s World Cup play. Celia Sasic and Anja Mittag each recorded hat-tricks, the third pair of teammates to do so in Women’s World Cup History. Sasic’s hat-trick is also the fastest in Women’s World Cup history.

Sasic opened up the scoring in the third minute and added goals in the 14th and 31st minutes before being brought off after the opening 45 minutes of play. Mittag tallied a pair of goals in a six-minute span in the first half and capped off her hat trick with Germany’s first goal of the second half.

Cote D’Ivoire, playing in its first World Cup match, was determined and persevered against a team 66 places ahead of them in FIFA rankings. Keeper Dominique Thiamale could only do so much to stop the German attack. Thiamale had five saves in the first half and continued even after a collision that injured her shoulder and required the trainers to be brought on.

Despite the scoreline, coach Clementine Toure said that his side can take positives away from the loss.

“From this game, we have positive points we can take out – the experience. It’s our first participation in the World Cup, and there was a great crowd here,” he said. “Our girls discovered something today – a high level of competition, and it did have an effect on us a little bit. We must forget the score from today, forget the negative points, and learn from this. Playing the best team in the world is also the best way to learn for us.”

It’s hard to say a team should have been more clinical when they score five goals in 35 minutes, but in the beginning, the Germans squandered many easy shots and whiffs in front of empty nets.

Germany (1-0-0; 3 points) vs. Cote d’Ivoire (0-0-1; 0 points)
June 7, 2015 — Lansdowne Stadium Ottawa, Canada

Scoring by Period    1   2  F
Germany                         5   5  10
Cote d’Ivoire                  0   0  0

Scoring Summary
GER:  Celia Sasic – 3′
GER:  Celia Sasic – 14′
GER:  Anja Mittag – 29′
GER:  Celia Sasic – 31′
GER:  Anja Mittag – 36′
GER:  Anja Mittag – 64′
GER:  Simone Laudehr – 71′
GER:  Sara Dabritz – 75′
GER:  Melanie Behringer – 79′
GER:  Alexandra Popp – 85′

Misconduct Summary
CIV:  Akaffou – 36′
CIV:  Thiamale – 40′
CIV:  Aguie – 58′
CIV:  Elloh –  66′
CIV:  Coulibaly – 70′
CIV:  Nahi – 86′

Lineups:

GER: Angerer (C), Bartusiak, Maier, Krahn, Laudehr (Petermann, 73), Mittag, Sasic (Dabritz, 46), Leupolz (Behringer, 17), Popp, Goessling, Kemme

CIV: Thiamale (C), F. Coulibaly, Kpaho (Tcheche, 39), Akaffou, Essoh (Ines Tia, 51), Elloh (Ange, 72), Guehai, Nahi, Diakite, Aguie, Kacou

Norway 4, Thailand 0

Norway beat Thailand in convincing fashion, 4-0, to open up its tournament.  Isabell Herlovsen found the back of the net twice and the Norwegians added a goal each from Trine Ronning and Ada Hergerberg.

Thailand, who is playing in its first World Cup, did have a moment to be proud of. With the Norwegians up 4-0, Thai goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing made a diving stop on a penalty kick from Maren Mjelde.

Norwegian head coach Even Pellerud

“The first game of the tournament is always nerve-wracking,” Pellerud said. “We are happy to have three points, but we have to improve aspects of our play against other teams. We’re ready for the game against Germany on Thursday.”

Germany now leads the group with Norway second on goal differential. The two teams face off June 11 in the only group stage match that will have a hint of competitiveness for Germany. Thailand and Cote D’Ivoire play on June 11 as well though their odds of advancing out of the group stage are slim.

Norway (1-0-0; 3 points) vs. Thailand  (0-0-1; 0 points)
June 7, 2015 — Lansdowne Stadium Ottawa, Canada

Scoring by Period     1   2  F
Norway                             3   1  4
Thailand                           0   0  0

Scoring Summary
NOR:  Trine Ronning – 15′
NOR:  Isabell Herlovsen 29’
NOR:  Isabell Herlovsen 34’
NOR:  Ada Hergerberg – 68′

Misconduct Summary
THA: Phetwiset (caution) 51’
THA: Sritala (caution) 75′

Lineups:

NED: Hjelmseth, Ims, Mjelde, Ronning (C) (Thorsnes, 63), Gulbrandsen (Haavi, 69), Herlovsen, Holstad (Skammelsrud, 46), Berge, Wold, Mykjaland, Minde, Hegerberg

NZL: Boonsing, Chinwong, Sritala (C), Khueanpet, Intamee, Seesraum (Srimanee, 59), Phetwiset, Srangthaisong, Thongsombut, Maijarern (Chawong, 90), Sung-Ngoen

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