THE DAY REPLAYED - Matchday 4 at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012 brought with it a new goalscoring record and saw the first team reach the last eight. Spectators in Kobe's Univer Stadium witnessed nine goals, all of which were scored by Korea DPR.
Their feat broke the previous best, which was set by Germany in a 9-1 triumph over Mexico in 2006. The North Koreans' passage into the quarter-finals is now virtually secure thanks to their impressive goal difference.
Defending champions Germany were also celebrating after confirming their place in the knockout rounds. A last minute victory over Ghana means Maren Meinert's team can now go into Monday's match against USA in a more relaxed mood.
The Stars and Stripes, for their part, could only manage a 1-1 draw with China PR and still need a point in the final group game to progress. At the end of the match they thanked their supporters by unfurling a banner reading "Thank you Hiroshima" and did a lap of the stadium with it.
By way of contrast, Ghana can already start packing their bags. With no goals and no points after two games, they have no chance of progressing to the next phase. While they matched Germany for most of the tie, a goal in additional time proved the knockout blow for the Africans.
Goal of the day
Norway - Canada, Ada Hegerberg (52')
Though not the actual scorer, much of the credit for this goal must go to Caroline Hansen. The Norwegian midfielder, the Scandinavians' best player so far, dribbled her way into Canada's penalty area in a terrific solo run, before skipping past two defenders and shooting goalwards from a tight angle. The ball flew towards the far post, where Ada Hegerberg was waiting to prod home, although it may have gone in without her assistance too. At least the impressive Hansen still gets credit for her assist.
A black day
Everyone has days when everything seems to go wrong. Today was one of them for Argentina's goalkeeper Laurina Oliveros, who set an unwanted record in conceding nine goals. She must have felt conspired against when she was almost knocked out after colliding with a Korea DPR striker's knee when conceding the Asians' sixth goal. Yet Oliveros would not be team captain if she was not a warrior and she played on in what will surely go down as her darkest day as a player.
Supersub saves the day
Defending champions Germany clearly had a hard time against Ghana and, despite creating several good chances, they simply could not find a way past the Africans' excellent goalkeeper Patricia Mantey. Lina Magull witnessed events from the substitutes bench for 83 minutes before coach Maren Meinert brought the 18-year-old on for Lena Lotzen. She made an instant impact in connecting with Dzsenifer Marozsan's superb cross to net the winner in additional time.
Anyone who glanced at the big screen in Kobe's stadium and saw the name Hegerberg listed twice could have been forgiven for thinking striker Ada had netted a brace. In fact, her sister Andrine - two years her senior - had scored the all-important winner against Canada. "She's got the best left foot of anyone I know," Ada said of her 19-year-old sibling before the game in an interview with FIFA.com. Andrine had obviously read the script and showed just what her left boot can do by rifling an unstoppable shot into the corner to seal the victory.
Stat of the day
5 - Kim Un Hwa wrote her name into the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup history book with her five goals in the game against Argentina. In doing so, she equalled Christine Sinclair's record, set when Canada beat England in the 2002 finals. However, she still has some way to go to reach the top of the all-time chart, where Sinclair (in 2002) and Germany's Alexandra Popp (2010) sit with ten tournament goals.
“It was good football but for the last 20 minutes, China was well organized. This was a good lesson for the players. We created a lot of chances but the goals are missing. Germany is a great team, well organized with a good coach. We have respect for them. This will be another test for us but we expected that from the group which is really strong. There is no advantage for us that Germany is already in the next round” USA coach, Steve Swanson
Sunday 26 August
Mexico-New Zealand (Kobe, 19:20)
Switzerland-Japan (Tokyo, 19:20)
Italy-Nigeria (Kobe, 16:20)
Korea Republic-Brazil (Tokyo, 16:20)