Testing times for favourites
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Monday sees two ties which would easily have graced the final, as La Florida and Temuco host the last two quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2008. Exciting matches are in prospect, with the showdown between the two title aspirants Brazil and Germany and the Asian derby where fan favourites Japan face reigning champions Korea DPR.

The big match
Brazil-Germany, Temuco, 1 December, 19.00 (local time)

These two teams met in the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007, and also had a battle royale in the semi-finals of the Olympic Football Tournament earlier this year in Beijing. Honours were even over the two matches, and now comes the decider between the Brazilians, who have been in sparkling form so far, and a Germany team who can never be underestimated. A semi-final berth is at stake, but will it go to the samba starlets with their special brand of footballing magic, or to the Europeans with their own brand of strength and speed?

Germany have what it takes to prevent the Auriverde from playing the kind of champagne football they showed in their group matches, but will need to show some flair of their own to sow the seeds of doubt among the Brazilians. Germany managed to win one of the two matches the teams have played in previous editions of this tournament, back in 2002 in Canada, but they needed extra time to do it.

The other match
Japan-Korea DPR, La Florida, Santiago, 1 December, 16.00 (local time)

Fans of flowing passing moves are in for a treat when the tournament's surprise package face the title-holders. Both teams are going into the quarter-final full of confidence - the Japanese took maximum points in the group stage, including wins over big names Germany and Canada, while the Koreans overcame a false start against Brazil to end up on six points.

The rapid artificial pitch at La Florida's Estadio Municipal is the location for this battle between two of the best exponents of modern, one-touch football, and whoever emerges victorious will doubtless be one of the favourites for the tournament. Both coaches have full squads to choose from, while Korea DPR have a slight psychological advantage, having won the 2007 AFC final between the two teams 1-0.

The stat
11
- The number of goals that top scorers Brazil have bagged so far at Chile 2008.

The words
"We need to find some way of stopping Erika. She's capable of almost anything," Maren Meinert, Germany coach