Germany scored nearly at will to defeat Mexico, 6-0, in a Group B match tonight in the Women's World Cup, and only the will of a Mexican player kept the score as low as it was.

Waves of German attacks produced a hat trick from Inka Grings and single scores by Ariane Hingst, Sandra Smisek and Renate Lingor, but the game's hero was the lone figure throwing her body around the Mexican penalty area.

Goalkeeper Lennea Quinones, a backup freshman goalie at San Diego State, courageously fought off the Germans to thrill a noisy Mexican contingent in the crowd of 20,129.

Germany outshot Mexico 43-2, and if not for the heroics of Quinones, who recorded 14 saves, Germany would have cracked double figures.

In the first game of the doubleheader, North Korea defeated Denmark, 3-1, in a Group A match on goals by Jin Pyol Hui, Jo Song Ok and captain Kim Kum Sil to move into a second-place tie with Nigeria behind the United States.

Germany rolled through the Mexican midfield from the opening whistle, but squandered numerous chances in the first half.

An incredible 20-0 edge in shots during the first 45 minutes yielded just two goals. Weigmann scored on an assist from Doris Fitschen in the 10th minute, but the second goal didn't come until Smisek scored on a rebound in stoppage time.

Quinones had five first-half saves, but as the numbers indicate, most German shots missed the target.

Kim, benched by Coach Nyong Tong Chan in the 2-1 loss to Nigeria for unspecified disciplinary transgressions, epitomized the North Korean spirit when she raced over to the team bench after scoring the third goal and slid head first on the wet grass in celebration.

"This is our first time in a FIFA [event]," said Nyong of the North Koreans' reluctance to be interviewed. "We wanted to concentrate more on the matches."

Denmark, which was picked to finish second in the group and advance to the quarterfinals, scored only a late goal by Janni Johansen after falling behind 3-0.

Denmark (0-2) finishes group play against Nigeria (1-1) Sunday at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, and the North Koreans (1-1) face the U.S. (2-0) at Foxboro Stadium on the same day.

The North Korean cause will be hampered by the loss of Pak Jong Ae, who was cautioned twice and must sit out Sunday's match.

North Korea (1-1) and Denmark (0-2) took the field having lost their opening matches, and thus needed a victory to have a realistic chance of reaching the quarterfinals.