The Germans look a force to be reckoned with here in Trinidad and Tobago, if their 9-0 hammering of Mexico at the Dwight Yorke Stadium is anything to go by. Third-place in European qualifying, Germany were efficient up the flanks, ruthless in front of goal and dangerous all over the pitch. Mexico, unfortunately for their vocal contingent of fans, were none of those things.
The Germans came out like a house on fire in the stifling confines of the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Scarborough, Tobago. With only seconds gone on the clock, Kyra Malinowski somehow conspired to steer her header from three yards out wide of the target when Melanie Leupolz’ cross from the right deserved much better. The pocket of German fans in the tiny stadium didn’t have long to wait, though, as Lena Lotzen roared up the left flank and weaved her way into the area before unleashing an unstoppable drive in the fifth minute.
It was 1-0 to Germany and it went from bad to worse for Mexico as pre-tournament standout Lena Petermann of Hamburg scored a pair of goals from close range in the 12th and 13th minutes. Firstly her sliding effort slipped past Rosa Merida, while the third goal – seconds after the restart – was a thunderous half-volley which flew into the roof of the net. The Mexican rearguard, struggling throughout, looked well out of its depth on both occasions. Flying winger Lotzen added a fourth with a long-range cracker and Malinowski made it 5-0 with two minutes to go as the Mexicans wilted in the heat.
The Germans picked up with their demolition job early in the second half, Kristin Demann sliding home from close-range inside the first minute. Malinowski added her second with a similar seventh in the 55th minute as the Mexicans were left hoping for a miracle that was never going to materialise. The 66th minute brought a familiar sight as Malinowski beat the offside trap to complete her hat-trick and make the score 8-0
That would have been enough to ensure the largest scoreline in FIFA U-17 women's finals history, but Germany weren’t done just yet. Petermann hit home off the underside of the crossbar in the 71st minute for her third of the afternoon as the game degenerated as a contest. The group leaders next face South Africa on Wednesday while Mexico will look to pick up the pieces against Korea Republic.