The Day Replayed – Individual goalscorers are capturing all the attention at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2010 in Germany and it’s becoming a battle to see who can become Top Gun. On the day when the host nation and Korea DPR both booked their quarter-final places with emphatic victories, and the tournament prepared to wave goodbye to Costa Rica and New Zealand, who both suffered a second successive defeat, there was further demonstration of goalscoring prowess from three strikers.
Two second-half strikes from substitute Marina Makanza carried France to victory over the Costa Ricans and that puts her on three goals for the tournament. On the same total is Antonia Goransson of Sweden who followed up her double-strike against New Zealand on Tuesday with the goal that earned the Scandinavians a point against Brazil in Bielefeld. Although Brazil rallied to earn a draw with a second-half penalty, it is all they have to show after the first two games and, considering As Canarinhas have always done well in this tournament, they have a fight on to reach the next stage.
No such problems for Germany and Korea DPR however. They are the first sides into the quarter-finals and will have the opportunity to rest players for their final group games. Alexandra Popp scored again to set Germany on the path to victory – she also scored twice against Costa Rica – while the other player to score three so far is Korea Republic hot-shot Ji So-Yun.
Follow the links on the right for full reports on all these games.
Player of the day
Marina Makanza, France
Although she had scored in the 1-1 draw with Colombia on Tuesday, French coach Jean-Michel Degrange was so displeased with his team’s efforts that Makanza was one of eight players left out of the starting line-up to face Costa Rica. Only when she was summoned from the bench did France begin to dismantle the Central American team’s challenge and two goals quickly followed from the substitute.
Goal of the day
Marina Hegering, Germany
The German captain doesn't score many goals so when they arrive they are pretty special. In Bochum Hegering struck with a fierce volley after Colombia failed to clear a corner and it was due reward for the hard-working efforts of the defensive midfielder who is expected to be one of the experienced heads guiding the host nation a long way in their own tournament.
4 – There are four players on three goals after today’s games. Marina Makanza, Antonia Goransson and Alexandra Popp all followed up their first-day success while Korea Republic’s Ji So-Yun is on the same mark after one game.
"Kristin Karlsson is a real acrobat and did gymnastics at a very high level. When we first saw Brazil’s number two using a somersault for her throw-ins we laughed - because we have a player doing exactly the same". Calle Barrling, Sweden coach.
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