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Mexico Is Overwhelmed by Germany, 6-0

Soccer: Grings scores three times as her side enjoys 20-1 edge in shots on goal. Mexico has allowed 13 goals in two games.

June 25, 1999|HELENE ELLIOTT | TIMES STAFF WRITER

PORTLAND, Ore. — Sometimes, statistics lie. In the case of Germany's 6-0 rout of Mexico Thursday in a first-round Women's World Cup match at Civic Stadium, the statistics accurately reflected the extent of Germany's domination of a Mexican team that owes profound and profuse apologies to goalkeeper Linnea Quinones for its shortcomings.

Germany (1-0-1) outshot Mexico, 43-2, including a 20-0 dominance in the first half. Germany's edge in shots on goal was 20-1.

German goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg didn't have to make a save until the 89th minute and could have read a novel, so rarely did she have to pay attention to the action in front of her.

With so little to do, she spent most of the evening dodging the raindrops that fell with varying intensity throughout the game.

The field, laid over the artificial turf used by the minor-league baseball team that calls the stadium home, was scuffed up in Mexico's end but nearly pristine in Rottenberg's vicinity. The 20,129 fans cheered each time Mexico got within 40 yards of Rottenberg, obviously sympathetic to the Mexicans' helplessness against the formidable Germans.

Forward Inka Grings scored three times. She began the onslaught in the 10th minute, followed by Sandra Smisek in extra time. Ariane Hingst finished off a give-and-go with Maren Meinert in the 49th minute for the third goal and Grings took a good cross from Birgit Prinz on the right side and flicked it past Quinones in the 53rd minute. Renate Lingor lifted a shot up and over a leaping Quinones in the 88th minute and Grings scored on a rebound in injury time.

Quinones, 18, was a freshman at San Diego State this season and missed six weeks after breaking her finger in a 3-0 exhibition loss to the U.S. in late March.

She played six games for the Aztecs--presumably getting more help from her defense than she did Thursday. She made 14 saves, many of them brilliant and many of the saves were born of sheer athleticism.

Mexico (0-2) has been outscored, 13-1, and is last in Group B. It will wrap up first-round play Sunday against Italy at Foxboro, Mass. Germany, second to Brazil in Group B, plays its final first-round match Sunday at Landover, Md.

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