Capital gains for Group B duo
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The Asian and European champions took their places in the last four at New Zealand 2008 after comfortably negotiating their respective quarter-finals in sun-kissed Wellington.

The Kiwi capital, battered by the wind and rain last week, woke up this morning to some glorious spring weather, and those basking in the sunshine at Wellington Stadium were also treated to some goals of the highest quality. The lion's share were produced by Group B rivals Korea DPR and Germany, neither of whom ever looked in danger of losing out in their last eight duels with Group A hopefuls Denmark and Canada.

The big game
Germany 3-1 Canada

Dzsenifer Marozsan - remember the name. It is certainly one that you will be hearing a great deal more of in women's football over the next decade as Germany's classy young striker hones and develops her already-evident natural talent.

The 16-year-old's double in this match took her two clear at the top of the New Zealand 2008 scoring charts, and yet she brings so much more to the German side than merely goals. Marozsan's opening strike in this match exemplified the range of her talents, with some delightful footwork in the build-up preceding a powerful and precise finish beyond the helpless Genevieve Richard.

Canada were their own worst enemies for Germany's second, slotted home by Lynn Mester after Alexandra Popp had struck the post, but they showed commendable resolve to halve the deficit before half-time through the athletic Nkem Ezurike. The European champions remained in complete control throughout, however, and the moment of inspiration they required to make sure of victory came, predictably, from their No10, again combining skill, power and accuracy to put the game beyond Canada's reach.

The other game
When Korea DPR held his side to a draw in their final Group B match, Germany coach Ralf Peter warned that we had only now seen the "true strength" of a team that had, after all, beaten the brilliant Japanese to their continental title. The North Koreans had been decidedly uninspiring in their opening two matches at New Zealand 2008, but Peter's promise proved solid as Denmark were given an awesome demonstration of the Asian champions' potential.

Jon Myong Hwa was the architect of a resounding victory, scoring an opportunistic goal to open the scoring before extending the North Koreans' lead with a superbly struck second. With Denmark toothless in attack, Ri Un Ham's side were well worthy of the four-goal winning margin established by a coolly converted third from Ri Un Ae and a fourth from Kim Un Ju that very nearly burst the net. For Korea DPR, who shocked everyone by winning the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup two years ago, the win maintains their impressive unbeaten record in FIFA women's youth competitions.

The player
Jon Myong Hwa (PRK)
Not content with establishing and then doubling Korea DPR's advantage against Denmark, the lively No10 went on to have a hand in her side's two subsequent goals. Jon, who only turned 15 in August and was on target against Germany during the group phase, has also fired her way into contention for the adidas Golden Ball here in New Zealand, joining the likes of Marozsan and Natsuki Kishikawa in the running.

What they said
"I knew that the Danish goalkeeper isn't tall. That's why I said to my players to shoot often from distance, and to do so with confidence. And it worked," Ri Un Ham, Korea DPR coach.

All the results
Denmark 0-4 Korea DPR
Germany 3-1 Canada