Germany hammer Holland in World Cup warm-up

07 June 2011 08:00

Hosts and defending champions Germany continued their preparations to host the women's World Cup, which starts on June 26, with a 5-0 hammering of Holland in Aachen, west Germany, on Tuesday.

Having lifted the world title four years ago in China, Silvia Neid's side are bidding for a hat-trick of titles and their impressive form continued as they ran the Netherlands ragged.

Having already beaten North Korea 2-0 and Italy 5-0 in their two previous warm-up matches, Germany have now scored 12 goals without reply, but face former World Cup-holders Norway in their final warm-up game on June 16.

"We're right where we wanted to be at this time," said Germany coach Neid.

"We still need some final precision in our play, but we will be very hungry by the time we start the World Cup in Berlin."

Midfielders Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, 22, and Kim Kulig, 21, have now both scored in all three of Germany's preparation games, while striker Alexandra Popp, 20, has three goals from three games.

Germany's chief playmaker Fatmire Bajramaj, the most expensive player in women's Bundesliga history, shone as she played the first half and the 23-year-old is set to be a star of the world cup.

Okoyino da Mbabi also stood out in front of 11,136 spectators at the Aachen stadium and opened the scoring.

Germany open their campaign when they host Canada in Group A at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Sunday June 26.

Source: AFP