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Five-star Germany back with a bang

Germany 5-0 Norway
Pauline Bremer, 17, scored a hat-trick and Linda Dallmann two – all in the first half – as Germany returned to the final tournament in style.

Five-star Germany back with a bang
Five-star Germany back with a bang ©UEFA.com

• Germany score three times in opening 21 minutes
• Bremer, 17, registers a first-half hat-trick
• Dallmann is also on target twice before break
• Magull blasts 34th-minute penalty over bar
• Bøe Risa hits bar for Norway in even second half

Germany returned to the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship with a bang with five unanswered first-half goals against Norway.

Last year's tournament was the first in the competition's history without Germany, and Maren Meinert's team looked eager to make up for lost time. They led 3-0 inside 21 minutes and were five up at half-time as Pauline Bremer's hat-trick and two Linda Dallmann goals put Norway and their high defensive line to the sword.

For Norway it was all sadly familiar – in Germany's last tournament appearance, the 2011 final, they beat Jarl Torske's tiring charges 8-1. This opening-day fixture could not be put down to fatigue: just irresistible forward play. Germany were soon 3-0 up, and though there was some relief for Norway when Lina Magull's penalty sailed over the bar after Guro Bergsvand brought down Bremer – the respite was brief.

At half-time it was 5-0 and the finals record 9-0 scoreline was under threat. Germany eased off in the second period, though, and their opponents improved, even if Vilde Bøe Risa could not quite keep her effort down just after the restart. By then, though, the damage had been done.

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