Germany won Group B.
That’s probably the most non-shocking statement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup considering the Germans are ranked No. 1 in the world and were the favorites coming into the tournament.
However, Germany, which defeated Thailand 4-0 on Monday to secure the top spot, was not nearly as proficient or dominant as many expected it to be with a weak group play slate.
In fact, if Germany hadn't blown out Ivory Coast in the opening game of the tournament — a game that provided the decisive goal differential that gave the Germans first place — it might not have finished atop the group at all.
Germany and Norway came into the day tied with four points, but the minus-5 goal differential to start the day seemed to deter Norway from giving its best effort against an Ivory Coast team Germany destroyed 10-0. Norway won 3-1 to secure second in the group, but both Norway and Germany had lackluster efforts against much weaker opponents.
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