Two second-half goals from Marina Makanza, who is on a real scoring spree in Germany, helped France beat Costa Rica and move closer to the quarter-finals.
Korea Republic became the third Asian side to advance, while England sneaked through despite defeat and USA edged France to a last-eight spot.
USA have squeezed through to the quarter-finals at France's expense after fighting out an enthralling 1-1 draw with Les Bleuettes.
Japan reached the last eight by putting seven past France, while USA's hopes were revived, England's ambitions boosted and Brazil's all but ended.
Japan produced the outstanding performance of New Zealand 2008 thus far, qualifying for the last eight with a sensational 7-1 victory over France.
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