USA chalked up a second consecutive win, this time over Argentina, to surge into the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup Chile 2008. Elsewhere on Matchday 3 of the competition, China PR slumped to a surprise defeat.
Hosts Chile rounded off a bad day for South America when they went down 4-3 to New Zealand, a result that condemned them to an early exit. FIFA.com rounds up all this news and more on a day of contrasting fortunes and mixed emotions.
Both sides showed impressive stamina in an exciting encounter that produced a host of chances at both ends. After withstanding early pressure from the hard-running Nigerians, England began to take control, with goalscorer Dowie giving the Africans all sorts of problems down the right and her team-mates keeping the dangerous Rita Chikwelu quiet. With the captain on the margins, it was left to Sarah Michael to drive the Falconets forward. Orji's late leveller gave them a share of the points and kept them level with the English at the top of Group A.
The other matches
There was something of a surprise in Chillan, where the French got the better of a nervous-looking China PR, runners-up two years ago in Russia. Marie Laure Delie was yet again the focal point in the Bleuette attack, scoring a goal and selflessly laying on a second in a 2-0 win described by coach Stephane Pilard as "historic". Having lost their opening game, the French are now well placed to take the second qualification slot in Group B.
The first has already been claimed by an impressive USA, who maintained their one hundred per cent record with a 3-0 defeat of an Argentina side that fought hard but once again suffered from a lack of firepower up front. Becky Edwards set the Americans on their way with the opening goal before Alex Morgan finished the job off with a second-half double.
With England and Nigeria drawing, Chile had to take something from their clash with New Zealand to stay in the tournament. And though they battled bravely and Christiane Endler gave her all in goal, the Rojitas had no answer to the unstoppable Rosie White, who struck a hat-trick as the Young Ferns stormed into a 4-1 lead. Despite conjuring up a late rally, the hosts were forced to bid a tearful farewell to their tournament chances.
Rosie White (New Zealand)
There seems to be no stopping the 15-year-old striker. Seventeen days after scoring a hat-trick against Colombia in the FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup, the teenage terror hit another treble to help New Zealand record their very first win in a FIFA women's competition. Upcoming opponents England have been warned.
What they said
"We are hopeful of going through and all we need to do now is beat Argentina. My family were in the stadium and that had a big effect on my performance because I wanted to show them I could play well. Scoring a goal makes me even happier about the win too," Eugenie Le Sommer, France midfielder.