Germany hammer Morocco, 6-0

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Two-time champions Germany kicked off their Girls’s World Cup marketing campaign in ruthless vogue with a 6-0 hammering of debutants Morocco.

Captain Alexandra Popp notched a first-half double because the European heavyweights laid down a marker with a robust show within the Group H encounter.

Klara Buhl discovered the web simply 21 seconds into the second half and Moroccan duo Hanane Aït El Haj and Zineb Redouani scored personal targets.

The rout was full when Lea Schüller tapped house from shut vary within the ninetieth minute in entrance of 27,256 followers in Melbourne.

By way of rankings, Monday night time’s conflict was simply concerning the largest mismatch of the group stage – and the lopsided scoreline mirrored that truth.

Germany, ranked second solely behind USA, put world No.72 Morocco to the sword, however really feel there’s nonetheless loads of room for enchancment because the match progresses.

“This match was actually necessary for us and it was nice to begin this manner,” Popp stated by way of a translator.

“It gave us a whole lot of confidence, we had a superb movement and we performed calmly, however in fact not every little thing went optimally. That might’ve been an excessive amount of to ask within the first match.

“However how we performed at present and the way we created alternatives offers us a whole lot of confidence for the remainder of the match.”

Popp’s two headed targets imply the 32-year-old ahead has now scored at six consecutive main worldwide tournaments.

Morocco thought that they had pulled one objective again within the 53rd minute to make it 3-1, however Anissa Lahmari’s strike was accurately dominated out for offside.

It might have been the Atlas Lionesses’ first objective at a World Cup.

German substitute Schüller additionally had a header dominated out for offside in second-half stoppage time.

Morocco coach Reynald Pedros lauded his staff’s first-half defensive efficiency however admitted they conceded some poor targets after the break.

Germany’s third was a dagger as Buhl capitalised on Sarah Kassi’s error, beginning the assault that featured a Lina Magull header that bounced off the publish and ended with the midfielder’s sweetly hit low strike.

“We got here throughout a staff at present that was superior to our personal,” Pedros stated by way of a translator.

“(It was like) David and Goliath.

“They’d one thing that we didn’t and sadly we made errors which are unpardonable.

“We got here up in opposition to a greater staff … so we have been most likely going to lose, nevertheless, perhaps we didn’t have to concede six targets.”

Runners-up ultimately yr’s Euros, the place they suffered closing heartbreak in opposition to England in extra-time, Germany proceed their quest for a primary World Cup crown since 2007 on Sunday.

They face Colombia in Sydney, whereas Morocco tackle South Korea in Adelaide earlier the identical day.

-AAP


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