Women’s World Cup review: Germany put 10 past Ivory Coast; Norway thrash Thailand

Germany began their bid to regain the Women’s World Cup by putting 10 past Ivory Coast in Ottawa.

Celia Sasic scored a hat-trick and Anja Mittag netted twice as Germany were 5-0 up inside 35 minutes.

Mittag completed her treble after the break, 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.

Now, the team at the top of the world rankings annihilated an Ivory Coast side who, at 67, are the lowest ranked in the tournament.

“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.

Former champions Norway opened their Women’s World Cup campaign by thrashing tournament newcomers Thailand in Ottawa.

Isabell Herlovsen scored twice for the 1995 winners, the first a smart finish after a team passing move, the second a header from close range.

Trine Ronning had already got the first with a free-kick, while Ada Hegerberg added a fourth in the second half.

Maren Mjelde also saw a penalty saved by Thailand’s Waraporn Boonsing.

In addition, Herlovsen had a goal chalked off for offside and Hegerberg hit the woodwork twice.

Still, it represents a strong start for Norway, who failed to progress beyond the group stage four years ago.

Group B also includes two-time champions Germany, who beat Ivory Coast 10-0 on Sunday.

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