Of the 16 teams that began this FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2008, only four remain. Korea DPR, England, Germany and USA are now only one win away from a coveted place in the final. The semi-final losers will have to console themselves with a third-place play-off.
In the first semi, Korea DPR face England in an unexpected first-ever meeting between the two sides. The other features usual suspects Germany and USA in a clash that promises to be quite a spectacle for the crowd at QEII Park in Christchurch.
While Germany cruised through the group stage, the young Americans had to battle all the way. Ralf Peter's side were guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages after two matches. Kazbek Tambi's charges, in contrast, were indebted to some fine saves from keeper Taylor Vancil in the closing minutes of their final match against France to stay in the competition. Neither side were greatly troubled in their quarter-final wins over Canada and Korea Republic respectively.
This is a classic encounter between the top two ranked teams in the world, who have met 22 times at senior level. It will also pit two of the best young players in the world against each other: Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan and American Kristie Mewis.
England will be happy in the underdog role, having consistently upset the odds throughout the tournament. Yet the stats would point to a victory for Ri Un Ham girls. At U-20 and U-17 level, the Koreans have a record of eight wins, two draws and no defeats at global tournaments. The AFC champions drew 1-1 with Germany at the group stage and thumped Denmark 4-0 in the quarter-final.
The English squad will feel they have a good chance nonetheless, especially after edging through the group stage and then knocking out huge favourites Japan, who most experts predicted would at least make the final. Lois Fidler's team are well marshalled at the back by Lucy Bronze, and are dangerous when shooting from distance.
7 - the number of times Germany and USA have met at the semi-final stage of a FIFA women's competition. The USA currently lead 5-2. Remarkably, the winner of these semi-final clashes has always gone on to lift the trophy.