Thailand 2004 winners Germany made light work of African debutantes Congo DR, winning out 5-0 in Santiago on Thursday to open their Chile 2008 Group C campaign. The talented Africans were always in over their heads, but won over the crowd by trying to attack and playing some fine football in spurts.
The Germans dominated the opening exchanges as the Congolese tried to get forward whenever they could. It was this damn-the-torpedoes approach that caused them problems and after only seven minutes Kim Kulig had put Maren Meinert's Germans into the lead, leaping highest to nod home a fine goal.
Just one minute later, Katharina Baunach doubled the scoreline with a firm strike from ten yards after some fine work out on the left. Baunach had herself another good chance in the 29th minute, but this time her shot sailed wide of the goal. One minute later, Congo had their first real chance but Ivonne Malembo's header went wide of the goal.
Although the African side were giving good account of themselves, some indiscipline at the back cost them dearly. Three minutes before the interval, Christine Bongo committed a foul in the area and Isabel Kerschowski converted from the spot to make it 3-0 to the Germans at the half.
Congo DR still tried to get forward in the second period, and the Germans were happy to wait for a mistake and get forward up the other end. Kim Kulig, Julia Simic and Nicole Banecki began to open up the play and carry the Germans forward.
After waves of German attack were thwarted by the Congolese backline, substitute Nadine Kessler finally provided a fourth, setting up Kessel in the 82nd minute. Kulig made it five 5-0 in the final minute to put Germany in the driving seat in Chile 2008 Group C.