Perfect Germany take top spot
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Germany struck three times in the second half to beat Korea Republic 3-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima, claiming top spot in Group B of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010. Both sides knew they were through to the quarter-finals even before a ball was kicked, but the contest was played out with resolute spirit by both sides in sweltering conditions.

The Germans were held scoreless in a half for the first time at these finals, their attack finally meeting formidable opposition in the form of Korea Republic. The Europeans, with coach Ralf Peter making only one change at the start, controlled the early exchanges, but they were unable to create many serious scoring chances.

Lena Petermann had a chance in the 14th minute, but one that didn’t trouble Korean keeper Kim Minah much. The Hamburg ace then had another opportunity just a few minutes later and again failed to take advantage, unable to control Melanie Leupolz’s cross from the right. Lina Magull and Lena Lotzen both had chances for the Germans as the opening period wound down, but they lacked the spark they showed in their first two games. The Koreans, for their part, only had one opportunity, a long-range effort from Jeon Hanwool that failed to unduly test the German keeper.

Yeo Min Ji came off the bench and slammed against the woodwork in the 53rd minute as the second half promised much more attack than the first. After that lone effort by the Koreans, Germany began to turn the screws. The heavy pressure paid off in the 72nd minute when Isabella Schmid launched a shot to the top corner from just inside the penalty area that left no chance for Minah in the Korean goal. Four minutes later, Lotzen furthered the Asians’ misery. Embarking on a solo run – which has been her trademark at these finals – she rounded three defenders before entering the penalty area and rifling home.

In stoppage time, substitute Silvana Chojnowski made it 3-0 to Germany when she outpaced a visibly tiring Korean rearguard and finished off the simplest of tries. The Germans will now play Korea DPR, the second-place finisher in Group A, while Korea Republic move on to face the same section’s winner, Nigeria, in the quarter-finals.