THE DAY REPLAYED – Matchday 3 at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 hit the heights, producing all manner of goals, comebacks and records.
In a display of remarkable industry, hosts Canada turned around a 2-0 half-time deficit to give themselves every chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals ahead of their final group match. Korea DPR, meanwhile, all but ensured their passage to the last eight. Victory over Ghana leaves the Asian side needing at worst a draw from their final group game to progress.
As the rain poured down in Edmonton, Germany and China played out an enthralling 5-5 draw, while USA’s 1-0 win over Brazil means the race to come out of Group B will go right down to the wire.
Ghana 0-3 Korea DPR
Canada 3-2 Finland
Germany 5-5 China PR
USA 1-0 Brazil
Goal of the day
Germany 3-2 China PR, Theresa Panfil (51’)
It was the first time a team had reached the milestone of 100 goals at U-20 World Cups, but Theresa Panfil’s strike against the Steel Rosebuds was not just any goal. From 20 metres out, the 18-year-old lofted the ball over the entire Chinese defence and past the helpless goalkeeper into the top left corner to reach the landmark figure in style.
Reserve ref to the rescue
Every match involves player substitutions, but replacing the referee is far more unusual, as it can only be done for medical reasons. Italian official Carina Vitulano suffered a knee injury in mid-sprint just a few minutes after kick-off between Ghana and Korea DPR. The Toronto crowd consoled the 39-year-old by applauding her as she was stretchered off the pitch, before fourth official Katalin Kulcsar from Hungary came on in her place.
The heavens opened in Edmonton last night, but spectators who braved the conditions at the Commonwealth Stadium were rewarded with a goalfest between Germany and China PR. The net bulged no fewer than ten times, equalling the previous tournament record set in 2006 when Germany defeated Mexico 9-1.
Canucks seal comeback
For 45 minutes it looked like the hosts would be making a premature exit from this summer’s tournament. Canada were 2-0 down at half-time, but re-emerged to pull off an incredible comeback in front of 16,503 ecstatic fans at Toronto’s National Soccer Stadium. The Young Canucks ultimately sealed a 3-2 victory and became the first U-20 side to overturn a 2-0 deficit.
5 – Before the match in Edmonton, China PR had failed to find the net in their two previous encounters with Germany’s U-20 side. However, the Asian side certainly made up for that in the 5-5 draw to hand Die Nationalelf an unwanted record of their own. Only once before has a German women’s national team conceded five goals in a single game, when USA inflicted a 5-2 defeat on them in the semi-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ China 1991.
"I believe a lot of people watched the match live in China and I want to say thanks to them. They are the ones who give us strength. In women’s football, Germany and USA are still the best. We can learn from them. But we don’t want to be the student forever – we want to be the teacher." Wang Jun, China PR coach
Saturday 9 August 2014 (all times local)
Group C (Moncton)
Korea Republic – Nigeria, 14:00
England – Mexico, 17:00
Group D (Montreal)
New Zealand – France, 17:00
Paraguay – Costa Rica, 20:00