Hosts make fast start, Brazil fall
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THE DAY REPLAYED - The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Germany 2010 got under way on Tuesday with four games that served up plenty of intensity, passion and goals.

To the delight of an enthusiastic crowd at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Bochum, the tournament hosts made an encouraging start to their campaign, following on from the Opening Ceremony with a comprehensive 4-2 win over new girls Costa Rica. Alexandra Popp was on the scoresheet twice for the victorious Germans, the blonde-haired striker’s goals being sandwiched between Svenja Huth’s early opener and a long-range effort from Marina Hegering.

In the other game in Group A, tournament debutants Colombia played out a 1-1 draw with France, a result that left the South Americans, trailing for much of the match, the happier of the two sides.

In the big game in Group B, Chile 2008 runners-up Korea DPR underlined their title credentials with the narrowest of victories over Brazil, the only goal of a tight encounter coming from Ho Un-Byol.

In the other match in the section Sweden had to work hard to overcome a gallant New Zealand side. The young All Whites went ahead through Hannah Wilkinson but were unable to hold off the Swedes in the second half, midfielder Antonia Goransson scoring twice to give the Scandinavians the three points.

Germany 4-2 Costa Rica
Colombia 1-1 France
Brazil 0-1 Korea DPR
Sweden 2-1 New Zealand

Click on the links on the right for full reports on all these games.

Goal of the day
Colombia 1-1 France, Lady Andrade 86
Colombia coach Ricardo Rozo and his assistants leapt up from the bench in delight when Las Cafeteras finally broke French resistance to earn a valuable point. The heroine of the hour was Lady Andrade, who capped Katerin Castro’s fine run by rolling the ball into an empty net and sprinting off to celebrate with the coaching staff. Having fought hard to reach Germany 2010, the South Americans are daring to dream.

Memorable moments
A cat on the loose in Bochum
The Opening Ceremony of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Germany 2010 provided an ideal opportunity to unveil a very special big cat by the name of Karla Kick, the Official Mascot of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™. Looking very much at home, Karla showed all her feline grace and agility on the ball and will surely do the tournament proud when the world’s top women’s sides congregate in Germany next year.

Let’s celebrate
Korea DPR thanked their supporters for cheering them on to victory with a customary North Korean salute, forming a line in the middle of the pitch and dedicating the 1-0 win to their loyal fans in the stands.

The stat
The last major international tournament hosted by Germany was the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ finals. The young Germans are determined to give as good an account of themselves as their male counterparts did on that occasion, so much so in fact that they kicked off their campaign by recording the very same score against the very same opposition: a 4-2 defeat of Costa Rica.

The next fixtures
Wednesday 14 July
Switzerland-Korea Republic

The quote
Germany is the perfect stage for the 16 best teams in the world to show us what they can do. Over the next two and a half weeks, right through to the final on 1 August, I am sure they will show how entertaining women’s football is,” Franz Beckenbauer, President of the Organising Committee of the FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cups.

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