Semi-finals France V Japan, Korea DPR V USA
DEFENDING champions Germany got bundle out of the FIFA U20 World Cup in a shocking display by France and Mexico was sent home early by American rivals USA while Asian sides Japan and Korea DPR steam rolled Brazil and Spain respectively to walk into the semi-finals.
Germany, without injured star striker Madeline Gier, got beaten by a disciplined France outfit led by captain Delphine Cascarina 1-0 on Friday night at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
Casarino scored the winning goal 16 minutes into the first half to give France the passage to the semi-finals on Tuesday.
While in the third quarter final match played earlier two late goals including an injury time goal saw the USA escape witha 2-1 scrappy win over Mexico.
Substitutes Ally Watt and Kelcie Hedge saved the three time champions from been knocked out by scoring late goals in the 81 minute and injury time (90+1) to snatch the win away from the Mexicans.
Mexico held onto a 1-0 lead earlier when Maria Shanchez scored (66 minute) in the second half of play.
On Thursday Korea DPR booked the first semi-final spot when the former cup holders dismantled Spain 3-2 at the National Football Stadium.
It was an epic win for the Asian side who managed to steal the win in extra time courtesy of a Kim Phyong Hwa goal.
While in the second quarter final a very disciplined Japanese side crushed Brazil 3-1 in an impressive win.
Goals to Miyabi Moriya (45+2mins) and player of the match Shiho Matsubara (50mins & 68mins) was enough to send the high flying Brazilians packing home.
Brazil managed to restore some lost pride byscoring a goal in every match when Gabi Nunes successfully kicked in a penalty goal towards the end of the match in injury time (90+1 mins).
Tuesday Nov 29, semi-final 1 will see Korea DPR versus USA and semi-final 2 will see Japan versus France.
Both semi-finals will be played at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.
The winners from the semi-final will play in the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s final on Saturday Dec 3 at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.