Koreans fall to German juggernaut
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Germany kept their title defence on track in Wuhan, slipping into the semi-finals with a hard-fought 3-0 win over Korea DPR.

Goals from Kerstin Garefrekes, Renate Lingor and Annike Krahn after 44, 67 and 72 minutes respectively ensured that the holders emerged triumphant from a heavyweight quarter-final contest that was considerably more evenly-matched than the scoreline would suggest.

The sides' mutual respect was certainly evident during the tense early stages when it was Korea DPR who had the first real chance, Kim Yong-Ae sliding in and very nearly diverting Linda Bresonik's attempted clearance back into the German goal.

However, the holders soon gained a foothold and claimed the opening goal at a perfect time, Garafrekes galloping forward, barging her way into the Korean box and steadying herself to curl a left-foot shot beyond the despairing grasp of Jon Myong-Hui.

Then, midway through the second half, and just as the North Koreans appeared to be on the verge of a breakthrough, Lingor produced a moment of genuine class to break their hearts, working a neat one-two with Sandra Smisek before curling a superb right-foot shot into the top corner.

That effectively secured an outcome put beyond any doubt five minutes later when Krahn scrambled in a third from Melanie Behringer's corner.

Player of the Match: Nadine Angerer (GER)