USA set up Germany showdown
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USA set up a heavyweight semi-final duel with Germany and completed a bad day at the office for New Zealand 2008's Asian representatives with a 4-2 victory over Korea Republic in Hamilton.

A crowd of 7,247 watched the Americans dominate a match in which they led from the 27th minute, when Amber Brooks headed intelligently back across goal for Courtney Verloo to knee home the opener. With Korea Republic unrecognisable from the team that was so impressive against England, USA continued to press and, just six minutes after the re-start, Verloo cut the ball back for Vicki DiMartino to swivel and fire just wide of the target.

Kazbek Tambi's side were not to be denied, however, and three minutes later a quick Julia Roberts free-kick teed up Kristie Mewis for a magnificent left-footed strike, sent crashing into the top right-hand corner for 25 yards. Mewis was outstanding throughout for the US and although Lee Hyun Young pulled the South Koreans back into contention after Taylor Vancil had tipped Song Ari's long-range shot on to the crossbar , the American No10 soon prised open the Taeguk Ladies' defence again to tee up Verloo to re-establish the advantage.

DiMartino then maintained her record of having scored in every match so far, turning and shooting low past Lee Hyo Jun after yet more excellent set-up play by Mewis and Erike Tymrak. Lee Hyun Young did reduce the deficit with her second goal of the afternoon five minutes from the end, but it proved of little consolation to Korea Republic side that now head for home.