Sasic, Mittag both net three as Germany rout Ivory Coast
By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Forwards Celia Sasic and Anja Mittag both scored hat tricks as Germany crushed Ivory Coast 10-0 in their opening Women's World Cup Group B soccer match on Sunday, notching the second biggest win in tournament history.
Sasic netted three times in the first half against a hapless Ivory Coast side who had goalkeeper Dominique Thiamale to thank for preventing an even worse defeat. Mittag scored another two before half-time.
Top-ranked Germany, who won all 10 of their qualifying matches with a staggering 62-4 goal difference, came into the tournament as one of the favorites and showed why against woeful debutantes Ivory Coast, who are ranked a lowly 67th.
Ivory Coast adopted an inept offside trap right from the start and stuck to it in the first half, despite German players regularly steaming through to score.
"It was nice, we scored a lot of goals. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't fun," said Mittag.
The Germans took off Sasic at half-time but were still far too strong. Mittag netted Germany's sixth goal after a terrible error in the Ivory Coast defense while Simone Laudehr, Sara Daebritz, Melanie Behringer and Alexandra Popp also scored.
"We just took the wind out of their wings and they lost their energy and we just kept going," said German coach Silvia Neid.
The heaviest defeat in Women's World Cup history came in 2007, when Germany beat Argentina 11-0. Continued...