German joy as Korea fall
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A 1-0 win over Korea DPR in Tianjin on Tuesday was enough to see Germany through to the quarter-finals of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament from Group F. The Koreans were still alive with a hope at that point, but later results mean they are now out of contention for a quarter-final berth.  

The East Asians were asking all the early questions. After 11 minutes, a fizzing free-kick from Kim Kyong Hwa had German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer scrambling to push it wide. The Europeans eventually began to gain a foothold in the contest, though, and their best chance came in the 26th minute when Birgit Prinz collected a nice ball inside the penalty area, but she failed to beat Jon Myong Hui with her stiff strike.

Korea DPR picked up the pace toward the end of a back-and-forth opening period, with Kim Yong Ae prodding and probing in search of a goal. However, it was the Germans who had the best chance in the closing seconds of the half. Renate Lingor's free-kick picked out Simone Laudehr, who saw her header pushed against the crossbar by the Korean keeper.

The second period began with a flurry at both ends. First Ri Kum Suk went just inches from nodding home at the back post of Angerer's goal. Then, seconds later at the other end, Melanie Behringer flashed a similar close-range header past the post.

The Koreans were looking good for a share of the spoils, but the Germans had other ideas. A Birgit Prinz shot in the 86th minute was bobbled by Jon, and substitute Anja Mittag was on the doorstep to poke home for the win.

The result is enough to see the Germans through to the quarter-finals in second place in Group F, tied with a Brazilian side that have a superior goal difference. The Germans will meet Sweden in their last-eight contest while Brazil take on Norway.