They dominated from the opening day of the three-week Women's World Cup. Produced sparkling play with a fresh, confident attitude for the lead in Group A.

The Germans, for sure.

No. The French.

Not Birgit Prinz, the grand dame of World Cup football? No, Louisa Necib of France with the silken touch.

The first week of the tournament has shown the host team won't have a cakewalk to a third straight title. The ferocious home crowd may help but can't do the work on the pitch. Instead, neighboring France has stolen Germany's thunder.

They meet in their final group game on Tuesday with, at stake, the easiest ride to the final.