FIFA Women’s World Cup Group B review: Germany thrash the Ivorians, Norwegians too strong

The German National team celebrate after defeating the Ivory Coast 10-0.
The German National team celebrate after defeating the Ivory Coast 10-0. /

Janai Garrett reviews the action from Group B from the FIFA Women’s World Cup where Germany were too hot to handle and Norway won comfortably… 

Sizzling Germany a class above

Germany vs Ivory Coast
Germany vs Ivory Coast /

If anyone makes soccer look easy, it is Germany. Just as their men did in the 2014 World Cup, the German woman’s national football took it another step. In their opening match of 2015 Woman’s world cup, the German’s defeated the Ivory Coast at an astonishing, 10-0. With hat tricks from both Celia Sasic and Anja Mittag, the German’s not only made history but they solidified their dominance in the tournament.

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Celia Sasic led the German attack and opened up scoring in the the third minute while scoring a hat trick within just thirty minutes. She was then joined by Anja Mittag, making them the third pair of teammates to score hat tricks in a World Cup Match. But that wasn’t the only history that Germany made, they nearly broke their own record with the most goals in a World Cup with the second biggest win and second most goals in a World Cup Match. They also hold the biggest win and most goals in a game after defeating Argentina 11-0 in 2007.

The German’s next test is against Norway as they look to mask their place in the next rounds. A match that will surely be entertaining nonetheless, expect lots of goals from each side.

Norway cruise

NOrway /

Norway has defeated Thailand in the opening match of group B at the 2015 Woman’s World Cup in Ottowa, Canada. The Gresshoppenne dominated the match from start to finish and gave the World Cup debutantes a bit too much to work with.

The Norwegians opened up scoring in the 15th minute with a nice free kick by Trine Ronning and not long after, the Norwegian women doubled their lead with a goal by Isabell Herlovsen in the 29th minute. Just a few minutes later, Herlovsen doubled her tally and added another goal to the sheet with a beautiful header, leading her team to 3-0 before the half. In the 68th minute, Norway solidified their win with a final goal by Ada Hegerberg granting them all three points.

Norway had a chance to take their lead to five as they received a penalty after a handball in the box by Thailand’s Duangnapa Sritala in the 74th minute. However; the Thai had a bit of luck by their goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing who made a fantastic save.

The win for Norway means that they sit at the top of the group with three points, considering that Germany has yet to play their match. Despite the comfortable finish in their first game, Norway’s real test will come on June 11th as they face the top ranked Germans.

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