The identity of the eight sides who will contest the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008 has now been revealed. Thursday's four games saw Japan and Germany clinch their places from Group C, while Brazil and Korea DPR also won to advance from Group D. FIFA.com rounds up all the highs and lows from Matchday 6 of the competition.
Germany and Canada put on quite a show for the fans in Coquimbo, serving up a dramatic finale to cap an exciting encounter. Needing to win to go through, the Canadians pushed hard but it was the attack-minded Germans who dominated and created the better chances. McNulty's unfortunate own goal 13 minutes from time looked to have sealed the Canucks' fate. Lam-Feist gave them renewed hope, however, before Schwab snuffed out Canada's hopes with a late winner.
The other matches
Brazil have yet to find their best form in Chile but still managed to underline their title credentials with a 3-0 defeat of Norway in Group D. The final scoreline slightly flattered the South Americans, who went ahead in the first half and had to wait until the final ten minutes to make the game safe. That made it three wins out of three for the Auriverde, who, worryingly for their opponents, can only improve.
Qualifying just behind them in second place were reigning champions Korea DPR, who had little trouble in disposing of Mexico 5-1. Turning in another solid performance, the compact, industrious Koreans shared the goals around, with five different players getting on the scoresheet. The downcast Mexicans returned home, meanwhile, having now conceded more goals than any other nation in the history of the competition.
The only other team to match Brazil's perfect record in the group phase was Japan, who made sure of top spot in Group C when their second-string saw off Congo DR 3-1. Goalless before today, the Congolese at least managed to open their account for the tournament when Oliva Amani's 30-yard drive flew over Japan keeper Erina Yamane - the tallest player at Chile 2008 - and into the back of the net.
Rumi Utsugi (Japan)
Switching to central midfield for the day, the defender was vital to the balance of the Japan side, marshalling her team-mates, covering for them when necessary, and distributing the ball with real authority. The classy 19-year-old then rounded off her performance with her side's third goal.
What they said
"I feel we can win this tournament but we're not thinking about that right now. The important thing is for me to get the most out of our players in every game." Brazil coach Kleiton Lima.