After decimating Cote D’Ivoire 10-0 in their first match, Germany have been touted as the team to beat at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. If the first half of their match against Norway was anything to go by, it looked like their progression through the tournament would be a walk-over. Passing with precision, the highly organised squad went ahead in the sixth minute after Anja Mittag scored, while Norway failed to make much positive impact on the game.
However, in the second half, Norway denied the Germans the space to create chances from the off, and a foul just outside the box resulted in Germany’s Saskia Bartusiak receiving a yellow card. The free kick that Norway were awarded was taken by Maren Mjelde who blasted a stunning shot over the wall, scoring the equalizer for Norway, and scuppering Germany’s hopes of a second win. The match ended 1-1.