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Olympics: Women's soccer suffers blow
Updated: 2004-08-12 02:36

Germany cut China to ribbons in an 8-0 thrashing at the Pampeloponnisiako Stadium in the opening Group F match in Patras, Greece on Wednesday.

China's Li Jie, left, fights for the ball with Germany's Pia Wunderlich as Pu Wei looks on during a women's Group F preliminary soccer match between Germany and China in Patras, Greece, Wednesday. [AP]
Player of the match Birgit Prinz scored four goals as the reigning World Cup winners demoralised China in the biggest ever victory at a Olympic Women's Football Tournament.

China had held the previous record, a 5-1 win over Denmark in 1996.

Germany opened the scoring on the 13th minute when Kerstin Stegemann sent over a high cross which Prinz powered in with a header.

After 21 minutes, Prinz, the captain of the team, outdid the first goal when she dived at full stretch to head home another Stegemann cross.

German goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg was called on to make two important saves, blocking Teng Wei in the 18th min and saving a close-in header from Han Duan in the 38th min.

In the 65th minute, a crashing left shot from Pia Wunderlich put the game out of China's reach, but Germany continued to impose their domination on the match.

In the last 20 minutes, Germany added five goals, scoring almost at will.

In the 72nd minute, Prinz got her hat trick, then in the 76th minute Renate Lingor slotted home a penalty. Conny Pohlers (81min), Prinz (88min) and Martina Mueller (90min) rounded out the scoring.

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