Germany 1-1 Norway: Mjelde pilfers point with gorgeous free kick (video)


Germany left the door open, but Norway went over the wall, bar-down style.

Maren Mjelde’s 61st minute free kick goal was a thing of beauty, and gave Norway a 1-1 draw against Germany in both team’s second matches of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Anja Mittag scored Germany’s goal, and her side remains atop Group B on goal differential. Thailand and Ivory Coast tangle tonight.

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Mittag has scored a lot of good-looking goals in her life, but this one was easy. She scooped up a shot spilled to the turf by Ingrid Hjelmseth and poked it home to make it 1-0 after just six minutes. The goal was her fourth of the World Cup.

Germany dominated the first half, out shooting Norway by a 19-0 margin. That’s not a misprint, but neither was the 1-0 halftime score line. Germany’s 10-0 win in its World Cup opener against the Ivory Coast had clinical finishing. This time around, their finishing was more in need of clinical care.

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Norway came out for the second half in fine form, looking more like its status as a Top 15 team. That’s when Mjelde’s shot from just outside the 18 carried with it a bit of a justice, as it likely should’ve been a penalty kick for clear denial of a goal scoring opportunity. Regardless, the 25-year-old Norwegian curled the ball over the leaping wall and off the underside of the crossbar to make it 1-1.

It was Norway’s third shot of the day.

Up next for Germany is Thailand, while Norway will face the Ivory Coast.