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USWNT topples Germany 2-1 to win SheBelieves Cup


Alex Morgan and Sam Mewis scored first-half goals to lead the USWNT to a 2-1 win over Germany on Wednesday in Florida, clinching the inaugural SheBelieves Cup for the hosts.

Anja Mittag scored her 40th international goal for Germany, who entered the match with a 2-0 record in the tournament.

[ WATCH: Morgan’s scintillating goal ]

The USWNT opened play with a 751-minute shutout streak and a 8-0 record in 2016. The Yanks had won the first two games of the tournament, both 1-0 wins over England and France.

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The streak of zeroes ended at 781 minutes with Mittag’s goal.

Morgan equalized for the States with a gorgeous goal, popping a long diagonal ball from Meghan Klingenberg around defender Saskia Bartusiak and blasting the falling juggle past Almuth Schult.

Early on, it was all USWNT. Carli Lloyd dribbled for more than 50 yards for the first chance of the game, hitting a low shot wide in the second minute.

Christen Press had a good chance on a long ball over the top from Whitney Engen, as the U.S. clearly felt it could exploit Germany’s back line with its speed.

But Germany struck first.

Morgan then equalized with a wonderful goal, and Mewis made it 2-1 with a, well, goal that counts. Her shot from distance deflected and Schult failed to catch the orb on its way into the goal. Whoops.

The U.S. next plays a pair of friendlies April 6 and 10, both against Colombia on U.S. soil.

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

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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.

Women’s World Cup: Top-ranked Germany routs Ivory Coast 10-0


Germany’s women have the most powerful squad in the world according to FIFA rankings, and they surely demonstrated their might against the Ivory Coast in a 10-0 victory.

Celia Sasic scored the fastest hat trick in World Cup history with goals in the 3rd minute, 15th minute and 31st minute, while Anja Mittag also buried a hat trick.

In the first half, statistics told the story of this game, notably Germany’s 20 shots inside the penalty box. Ivory Coast had 0 shots on target.

Head coach Silvia Neid must have her team in peak physical condition because whenever Ivory Coast held possession, the National Eleven were persistently fast to close gaps in the midfield and played their opposition tight throughout this competition.

“We had judged them to be better than they were today,” Neid said. “We were very focused and concentrated heading into the match. We scored early on, and stood our ground, we outran them.”

The Ivory Coast had a couple of promising occasions, though. Binta Diakite almost had a goal but fouled German netminder Nadine Angerer, and Ange N’Guessan couldn’t bury her header into an open net.

“From this game, we have positive points we can take out – the experience,” Ivory Coast head coach Clementine Toure said. “It’s our first participation in the World Cup, and there was a great crowd here.”

For the first goal of the match, Leonie Maier sent a pass over to Sasic on the edge of the six-yard box, and Sasic’s second was a header off Lena Goessling’s cross.

In the 29th minute, Goessling was in on the assault again when she provided the assist to Mittag for a rocket attempt past goalkeeper Dominque Thiamale.

Five minutes later, Sasic buried her third and was then taken out at the half.

Simone Laudehr, Sara Dabritz, Melanie Behringer and Alexandra Popp (on a free kick) all converted as well; Germany is now tied with Norway at the top of Group B.