Germany, Colombia through at the double
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THE DAY REPLAYED. Germany and Colombia both advanced to the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Germany 2010 on Saturday following respective 2-0 wins over Korea DPR and Sweden.

The tournament hosts proved far too strong for their North Korean opponents in Bochum, gradually imposing their superiority as the first half wore on, with Dzsenifer Marozsan and Kim Kulig both impressing. It was the in-form Alexandra Popp who put the home side in front, however, volleying home just before half-time. Sylvia Arnold rolled in a second with 21 minutes remaining to take the unflappable Germans into the semis for the fourth time.

Earlier in the day, Colombia saw off fellow first-time quarter-finalists Sweden by the same scoreline in Bielefeld. Looking comfortable from the kick-off, Ricardo Rozo’s well-drilled side were two goals to the good after only 22 minutes, Yorely Rincon and Tatiana Ariza the players on target. Having come from behind to beat both New Zealand and Korea DPR in the group phase, the Scandinavians could find no way back on this occasion, with the determined Colombians holding on to their lead without too much trouble.

Sweden 0-2 Colombia
Germany 2-0 Korea DPR

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

Goal of the day
Sweden 0-1 Colombia, Yorely Rincon 11
The Colombia No 10 had already gone close twice in the opening minutes before she put her side ahead. Collecting the ball with her back to goal, Rincon took out her marker with a delicious dragback 20 yards out and fired a right-footed shot into the top corner of the Sweden net, leaving goalkeeper Hilda Carlen stranded.

Memorable moments
Cafeteras step to the beat
Colombia were in a relaxed frame of mind when they arrived at the Schuco Arena. With music blaring from the team bus, the players sang in unison and drummed on the windows in time to the beat, a tempo they managed to maintain when their match against the Swedes got under way. Producing a tactically disciplined display, the South Americans kept their rhythm for the entire 90 minutes.

Tears of joy and sadness for Lady
Colombia’s hugely gifted forward Lady Andrade was in floods of tears as the final whistle sounded in Bielefeld. Overjoyed at her side’s historic qualification for the semi-finals, Andrade was also distraught at picking up a yellow card, a caution that will rule her out of next Thursday’s semi-final against either USA or Nigeria.

Fans put on a show in Bochum
A crowd of 16,946 were on hand to cheer Germany on to victory over Korea DPR, giving their vociferous support to the home favourites from the first minute. The party atmosphere continued throughout the game, with Popp and Arnold’s goals sparking a series of Mexican waves and regular airings of one of the most popular songs among German football fans, Oh wie ist das schön! (Oh, how wonderful it is).

The stat
83 -
The number of goals scored so far at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Germany 2010, with Germany and Colombia the latest sides to hit the back of the net. There has been at least one goal scored in every game so far.

The next fixtures
Semi-finals, Thursday 29 July
Germany-Mexico or Korea Republic
Colombia-USA or Nigeria

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