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Germany thrash debutants Morocco in Group H opener

The Germans showed why they are one of the favourites for the tournament, as they put six past the North Africans.

A brace from in-form Popp, goals from Buhl and substitute Schuller, plus two own goals easily saw off the Moroccans in their first World Cup contest.

Germany were clear favourites heading into the game and applied the early pressure, looking to break the Morocco back line.

An early free kick from Buhl whistled past the post from a wide angle, not giving a chance for Popp and others to get on the end of it.

Morocco were making history as the first Arab side in the Women's World Cup, but knew they were up against it with a strong Germany side. And it only took ten minutes for Germany to break the deadlock, as the European finalists went a goal to the good.

A cross from the right by-line from Hendrich was headed home by Popp after Morocco gave the ball away in their own third.

Morocco managed their first shot on target as Chebbak unleashed a long range effort which was comfortably collected by Frohms.

The game then entered a scrappy spell with both sides giving away possession easily and n either creating any significant chances.

Midfielder Dabritz thought she had scored Germany's second with a delicate dink over Er-Rmichi in the Moroccan goal but it was rued out for a clear offside.

However, they did double their lead after 38 minutes as forward Popp grabbed her second of the game with another header this time from a corner. She did well to jostle off her marker and head home whilst falling to the ground - a magnificent display of balance and intent.

The Germans went into the break in total control of proceedings thanks to an Alexandra Popp braced.

The second half picked up where the first ended as Germany notched a third within a minute of the restart.

It was a scrappy goal as Klara Buhl blasted into the bottom corner after a rebound off the post.

And the game was well and truly put away within ten minutes of the interval. A corner was recycled and the ball was put into her own net by Hanane Ait El Haj at the back post.

The win was sealed with a fifth goal in the 80th minute. A messy affair as the Moroccan keeper came to punch away a corner but fluffed her lines and it ricocheted off a defender over the line.

Schuller piled the misery on Morocco in the closing minutes with an easy finish into a virtually open net after a cross from the right hand side.

Despite nine minutes of stoppage time, and another offside goal, the scoreline remained 6-0 and Germany ensured that their World Cup campaign got off to a flier.

The Germans head to Sydney to face Colombia on Sunday whilst Morocco play South Korea in Adelaide on the same day.

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