No. 1 team starts fast

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

OTTAWA — Celia Sa­sic scored the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup his­tory, com­plet­ing it by the 31st minute, and Anja Mit­tag added three more goals to spark top-ranked Ger­many to a 10-0 victory over Ivory Coast on Sun­day in a Group B match — the sec­ond-most lop­sided win in event his­tory.

Ger­many used a crisp, ef­fi­cient pass­ing game to dom­i­nate. Leonie Maier found a wide-open Sa­sic at the top of the six-me­ter box for her first goal mid­way through the third minute. Lena Goessling threaded a cross into the six-me­ter box that Sa­sic headed into an open goal in the 14th minute. Goessling struck again in the 29th minute with a pass that Mit­tag left-footed past goal­keeper Do­minique Thia­male.

Sa­sic wrapped up her hat trick in the 31st minute, punch­ing home a pass from Mit­tag, who com­pleted the first-half spree in the 35th minute for her sec­ond goal. Sa­sic was re­placed to start the sec­ond half, and Mit­tag com­pleted her hat trick in the 64th minute, beat­ing Thia­male on a break­away.

The two-time World Cup cham­pi­ons own the record for most lop­sided World Cup game, an 11-0 rout of Ar­gentina in 2011. Ivory Coast, play­ing just its sec­ond in­ter­na­tional match of the cal­en­dar year, man­aged just four shots on goal.

Ni­cholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

AN­NIKE KRAHN, right, of Ger­many races Binta Di­akite of Ivory Coast to get con­trol of the ball. Ger­many’s Celia Sa­sic had a hat trick by the 31st minute.

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