Germany began their bid to regain the Women’s World Cup in Ottawa, Canada in a very grand style. It was simply a case of the top dog against the underdog as the German ladies thrashed the Ivorians 10 – nil at the ongoing FIFA women world cup. Germany came into the tournament as the top ranked team and clear favourites while Ivory Coast at 67 is the lowest ranked team and a debutant in the tournament.
Both Celia Sasic and Anja Mittag scored a hat-trick each with Simone Laudehr, Sara Dabritz, Melanie Behringer and Alexandra Popp all finding the net.
“We had judged them to be better than they were today,” said Germany coach Silvia Neid.
Germany fell short of matching the record they set with an 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007.
They went on to defend the trophy they won four years earlier, but failed to reach the semi-finals on home soil in 2011.
“We must forget the score from today, forget the negative points, and learn from this,” said Ivory Coast coach Clementine Toure. “Playing the best team in the world is also the best way to learn for us.”
Germany could have had more had they not wasted a host of chances in a desperately one-sided first half an hour.
Ivory Coast, making their tournament debut, were able to stem the tide for 30 minutes either side of the break and even had chances to get on the scoresheet.
Binta Diakite had a goal ruled out for a foul on German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and Ange N’Guessan headed over when faced with an open goal.
But as the African side tired, more gaps opened in their defence, and Germany were able to add five more in the final 25 minutes.
Germany meet Norway, who beat Thailand 4-0, on Thursday.