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Germany began the defence of the World Cup in ominous form as they crushed a hapless Argentina side 11-0 in the opening match in Shanghai.
The showpiece match turned into an embarrassing one-sided affair and a chilling warning for England who face Germany in their second group match.
The rout began in the 12th minute as Argentine goalkeeper Vanina Correa palmed a corner into her own net and Kerstin Garefrekes added the second five minutes later. The match was over as a contest when Melanie Behringer scored the third and it was four by the half hour, Brigit Prinz getting onto the scoresheet. Prinz then netted a fifth in first half injury time to further cement German superiority.
After the break, although Argentina did not give up, they still faced wave after wave of German attacks with Renate Lingor on target, Sandra Smisek scoring her first and Prinz completing her hat-trick just before the hour.
Germany were opening up the Argentine defence at will with Smisek finishing off two clinical passing moves to register her own hat-trick and Argentina's nightmare was completed in injury time as Correa once again turned a corner into the net for her second own goal.
Germany: Angerer, Stegemann, Bresonik, Behringer (sub Wimbersky 68mins), Smisek, Prinz, Lingor, Minnert, Laudehr (sub Bartusiak 74mins), Hingst, Garefrekes (sub Mittag 84mins).
Argentina: Correa, Gonzalez, Cotelo, Chavez, Barbitta Nuno, Huber (sub Mandrile 74mins), Gomez (sub Pereyra 66mins), Quinones, Vallejos, Potassa, Almeida (sub Manicler 53mins).
Photo: Birgit Prinz heads home Germany's fourth goal (www.jamesprickett.co.uk).
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