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 in the offensive zone.
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.
Simone Laudehr scored in the 71st minute and was quickly replaced by Lena Petermann, who found Sara Dabriotz with a cross through the six-meter box for Germany’s eighth goal in the 75th minute. Melanie Behringer trapped the ball off a corner kick at the top of the box and drove it through the hands of Thiamale for the ninth goal. Alexandra Popp scored the 10th on a free kick from outside the 18-meter box in the 85th minute
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 and making its first appearance in the Women’s World Cup, was issued six yellow cards in the game and managed just four shots on the German goal.
Despite giving up 10 goals, Ivory Coast goalkeeper Thiamale turned in a series of outstanding plays to slow the German attack and turned in seven saves.