THE DAY REPLAYED - Matchday three of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010 yielded another goal glut as three teams marched on to the quarter-finals and three more headed out of the competition.
Group B rivals Korea Republic also advanced to the last eight after overcoming a Mexico side who gave them plenty to think about in the opening stages. The Asians quelled Mexican resistance with some lightning counter-attacks and will now fight it with the Germans for top spot in the section, while South Africa and Mexico having nothing bit pride to play for in their farewell game.
There is still one qualification place up for grabs in Group A. Nigeria made sure of their place in next round thanks to Loveth Ayila’s late but deserved winner against the tournament hosts. The Soca Princesses can still join them if they down Korea DPR in the final round of games. The defending champions moved into second place with victory over Chile, consigning the South Americans to an early exit.
Goal of the day
Korea DPR 3-0 Chile, Kim Kum Jong (44)
The Pyongyang City striker set her side on the road to victory in a tight game against the combative Chileans, rounding off a well constructed and typically direct North Korean move with a cool finish on the stroke of half-time.
Defiant Bantwana sing on
Putting their heavy loss to Germany behind them, the South Africa team took their place in the stands at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Scarborough for the match between Korea Republic and Mexico. Needing the CONCACAF side to win to stay in the competition, the South Africans joined in with the crowd’s chants of “Me-xi-co”. Their support was all to no avail, however.
Chile’s Nicole Cornejo was the recipient of the tournament’s first red card on Wednesday. As both coaches acknowledged, the dismissal proved the turning point of the Group A meeting in Marabella. Shorn of their defensive rock and only a goal down at the time, La Rojita lost their way and slid to an emphatic defeat that ended their hopes of progressing.
7 - The number of goals scored so far by Germany’s star striker Kyra Malinowski. Fresh from hitting a hat-trick against Mexico, the Essen-Schoenebeck forward struck four against the South Africans, putting herself in pole position to win the adidas Golden Boot. At New Zealand 2008 that accolade was collected by her compatriot Dzsenifer Marozsan, the scorer of “only” six goals in the whole tournament.
What they said
“I was very impressed by the Trinidad and Tobago team. They have a lot of talent and the determination and courage they showed throughout the match was commendable,” Peter Dedevbo, Nigeria coach.