If the scorelines from day 1 of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup were restrained, day 2 made up for it. Earlier in the day, Norway smashed Thailand 4-0, and the Germany v Cote D’Ivoire fixture promised goals due to the marked gulf in experience between the sides on the International stage – In World rankings, Ivory Coast are 67th, the lowest ranked team in the competition, while Germany are ranked the highest.
German coach, Sylvia Neid had complained that it had been impossible to obtain footage of their competitors, but on the day, failing to plan was of no consequence. The German side decimated the Ivory Coast defence, and were five goals up within the first 35 minutes, with Celia Sasic having scored a hat-trick. Anja Mittag completed her hat-trick in the second half, along with Simone Laudehr, Sara Dabritz, Melanie Behringer and Alexandra Popp also scoring a goal each, taking the score to 10-0.
The scoreline may be damning, especially as Germany squandered a number of chances, but there are positives for the Ivory Coast to take away from the match. Considering this is their tournament debut, they did manage to hold off the German attack for extended periods, and Binta Diakite had a goal disallowed due to a foul on Nadine Angerer, the German goalkeeper.
The score was one goal short of matching Germany’s record of the highest scoring game in the Women’s World Cup, 11-0 against Argentina in the 2007 tournament.