Mjelde’s goal on free kick gives Norway 1-1 tie with top-ranked Germany

OTTAWA — Maren Mjelde scored on a free kick in the second half, giving 1995 champion Norway a 1-1 tie against top-ranked Germany on Thursday in the Women’s World Cup.

Anja Mittag put two-time champion Germany ahead in the sixth minute with her 37th international goal, chipping past Ingrid Hjelmseth after the goalkeeper failed to control Dzsenifer Marozsan’s shot.

Mjelde curled in a free kick from just outside the penalty area in the 61st minute for her 11th international goal.

Germany outshot Norway 27-4.

Both teams are 1-0-1 with four points, and Germany leads Group B on goal difference.

Germany closes group play against Thailand on Monday, when Norway faces Ivory Coast.

The Canadian Press