As hosts and back-to-back champions, the Germans were pretty much expected to dominate the 2011 Women's World Cup so completely that they would have to invent a new word for it. But on the first day of matches, Canada gave the rest of the field a sliver of hope by ending Germany's surreal record of not allowing a World Cup goal since the 2003 final against Sweden (which they still won 2-1).
After Germany got out to an early 2-0 lead in front of a sell-out crowd of 73,680 at Berlin's Olympic Stadium (a new European attendance record for women's football), everything seemed to be going according to plan until the game's first scorer, Kerstin Garefrekes, produced an unbelievable miss on an empty net from point-blank range and Canada's Christine Sinclair remembered that she can pretty much score at will.
Sinclair, who missed a golden chance early on to give Canada a lead and later took an elbow to the nose, executed a perfect free kick in the 82nd minute to end Germany's clean sheet record at 678 minutes (according to Opta). And of course it was Sinclair, who is Canada's all-time leading scorer with 117 goals (their second active leading scorer has 13 goals) who was able to finally do it. Still, Canada couldn't end Germany's other impressive record of remaining unbeaten in the World Cup since getting knocked out of the quarterfinals by the U.S. in 1999.
You could say this shows that Germany aren't invincible after all. Or you could say they were just being welcoming hosts before breaking out the steam roller from here on in.