Germany began their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign on a fine note following a comfortable 6-0 win over Morocco in a one sided game played at the Rectangle Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
The Germans spearheaded by their Captain Alexander Popp made it look easy from the get go as the Europeans showed how much of a gap exist between themselves and Morocco not just in the rankings but on the field of play.
As early as the 11th minute, the 2003 and 2007 world champions took the lead courtesy of an header from Alexandra Popp. The Wolfsburg striker connected well from a cross from Kathrine Hendrich.
Few minutes later, Sara Dabritz thought she had extended Germany’s advantage but she adjurged to be in an offside position when she scored. However, the Germans were not to be denied a second goal 6 minutes before the break.
Alexandra Popp was on hand to nod in her second from a delivery by Klara Buhl as the first half ended with Germans 3 goals to the good.
23 seconds after the restart, it got worse for the North Africans as they conceded yet again. Klara Buhl who provided the assist for Alex Popp’s second , got on the act as her classy finish made it 3 for the Germans.
Marissa Lahmar thought she had scored Morocco’s first ever Women’s world cup goal with a beautiful effort but he was adjurged to be in an offside position when she scored by the assistant referee.
Soon after and precisely in the 55th minute, the inevitable happened as Germany were 4 goals to the good courtesy of an unfortunate own goal by Hanane AIT El-Haj
Another unfortunate own goal in the 79th minute made it 5 goals for Germany as Yasmin Katie Mrabet was the culprit. The cherry on the cake arrived in added time as Lea Schaller completed the rout with Germany:s 6th of the day.