No. 1 team starts fast
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.
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.