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Norway earns 1-1 draw against Germany in group play

Norway earns 1-1 draw against Germany in group play
Midfielder's Ingrid Schjelderup of Norway and Simone Laudehr (6) of Germany battle for possession of the ball during their Women's World Cup Group B game on Thursday. (Chris Roussakis / EPA)

Maren Mjelde scored on a free kick in the second half, giving 1995 champion Norway a 1-1 tie against top-ranked Germany on Thursday in Women's World Cup group play.

Anja Mittag put two-time champion Germany ahead in the sixth minute with her 37th international goal, chipping past Ingrid Hjelmseth after the goalkeeper failed to control Dzsenifer Marozsan's shot.

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Mjelde curled in a free kick from just outside the penalty area in the 61st minute for her 11th international goal.

Germany outshot Norway, 27-4.

Both teams are 1-0-1 with four points, and Germany leads Group B on goal difference.

Germany closes group play against Thailand on Monday, when Norway faces Ivory Coast.

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