Continental queens' mixed showing
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Day 2 of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup heralded the arrival of the European, Asian and South American champions, and ended with this heavyweight trio all having avoided defeat.

Of the three, however, only Germany succeeded in reinforcing their title credentials, with Ralf Peter's side putting five unanswered goals past Costa Rica in Christchurch. Colombia and Korea DPR, by contrast, struggled against Denmark and Ghana respectively, and both could count themselves somewhat fortunate to emerge with identical 1-1 draws.

The big game
Costa Rica 0-5 Germany

Costa Rica's first-ever appearance at a FIFA Women's finals was always likely to be a baptism of fire, and so it proved against a rampant German side for whom Dzsenifer Marozsan excelled. The underdogs included in their ranks birthday girl Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, and the 15-year-old very nearly marked the occasion with a superb early effort, forcing an equally wonderful save from Anna Sarholz.

From that moment on, however, it was all one-way traffic as Germany coasted into a five-goal lead courtesy of goals from Lynn Mester, Turid Knaak, Tabea Kemme and a double from the impressive Marozsan. Gabriela Guillen's 81st-minute dismissal only served to apply salt to Costa Rican wounds, and the question now is whether anyone in the group - or the tournament - can halt the German juggernaut.

The other games
Korea DPR were generally expected to prove the European champions' principal rivals in Group B, but if the evidence of their clash with Ghana is anything to go by, they will need to up their game considerably if they are to offer a genuine threat. Ghana's Black Maidens certainly proved more than a match for the North Koreans, with star striker Florence Dadson securing a thoroughly deserved a share of the spoils after Ho Un-Byol had put the Asians in front direct from a free-kick.

Over in Group A, leaders Canada managed to emerge as the big winners without kicking a ball as Denmark and Colombia proved impossible to separate in Auckland. It was an archetypal 'game of two halves' at the North Harbour Stadium, with the Danes battling back to claim a point after being dominated by the South American champions during a drab first half.

The player
Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER)
The Germany playmaker, a No10 in the traditional mould, marked herself out as a player to watch with a near-flawless showing in which her passing ability, set piece skills and technique all came to the fore. The 16-year-old also proved herself to be a genuine goal threat with two superbly executed strikes.

What they said
"At half-time, I just told the players to relax. They needed to start enjoying the experience of playing in a World Cup in this great country and, once they did that, I think everyone saw what we are capable of," Bent Eriksen, Denmark coach.

All the results
Denmark 1-1 Colombia
Costa Rica 0-5 Germany
Korea DPR 1-1 Ghana