WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Hongkou Stadium

Referee: Tammy Ogston

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Germany Women

  • Melanie Behringer 13'
  • Kerstin Garefrekes 17'
  • Melanie Behringer 25'
  • Birgit Prinz 31'
  • Birgit Prinz 45' +2'
  • Renate Lingor 51'
  • Sandra Smisek 57'
  • Birgit Prinz 59'
  • Sandra Smisek 70'
  • Sandra Smisek 79'
  • Renate Lingor 90' +1'

11 - 0

FT

Germany routs Argentina in World Cup opener

SHANGHAI, China -- Germany trounced Argentina 11-0 with a

record-setting victory in the opening game of the women's World Cup

on Monday, sending a message it is a serious about defending its

title.

The margin of victory was the largest in the women's World Cup,

and the goals were the most by a single team.

Veteran forwards Birgit Prinz and Sandra Smisek combined for six

goals -- three each -- as the Germans dominated every part of the

game over their smaller opponents.

Prinz, playing in her 165th game for Germany, scored with a

thumping header, knocked in a loose ball at the far post, and then

slipped a glancing header past Argentine goalkeeper Vanina Correa.

The last was Prinz's 12th overall in the World Cup finals,

surpassing the previous German record of 11 by Bettina Wiegmann.

Smisek, who has played nearly 120 matches for Germany, scored a

second-half hat trick.

With the midfield in complete control, the Germans knocked balls

over the Argentine back wall and attacked down the wings for a 5-0

lead at halftime.

Prinz scored twice in the first half for Germany, which also got

a lucky first goal in the 12th minute when Correa punched a corner

kick from Melanie Behringer into her own goal.

The other first half goals for Germany, which beat Sweden in

extra time of the final four years ago, came from forward Kerstin

Garefrekes and midfielder Melanie Behringer.

The second half started the same way for Germany, with veteran

midfielder Renate Lingor jumping on a poor clearance at the edge of

the area to loop it over Correa into the far corner.

Smisek then took over, seizing on errors in the Argentine

defense. Her partner up front, Prinz, also scored once in the

second half. Correa mishandled another corner kick in the last

minute of play for Germany's 11 goal.

The huge win was a strong message to the other favored teams in

the tournament, especially United States, which is ranked No. 1 in

the world, one spot ahead of the Germans. The Americans were to

open on Tuesday in Group B against North Korea.

The other Group A opener in Tuesday with Japan playing England.

The 16-team tournament is spread around five cities in China

with the final in Shanghai on Sept. 30.

Argentina played without suspended Catalina Perez and lost the

services of midfielder Mariela Coronel on the eve of the tournament

because of a knee injury.