German delivers goal of last round


GERMANY’S Dina Orschmann, pictured, scored the goal of the final round of group matches employing a mix of pace, technique and awareness to open the scoring for Germany against South Korea with a captivating strike on Monday.
After winning the ball on the right wing, the midfielder surged to the edge of the area, switched the ball from her right to her left foot and curled it past South Korean goalkeeper Kim Minjung into the far corner with pinpoint accuracy.
Teams in groups C and D delivered an entertaining final day of group stage action at the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 and clinch the final few quarterfinal places.
Group C reached a dramatic climax as the final placings of top teams USA and France were decided by unusual criteria.
Meanwhile Germany were the clear winners of Group D after celebrating their third straight victory by beating Korea Republic, with Mexico making the most of the Asian side’s defeat to overcome Venezuela and finish second in the group. When France’s Estelle Cascarino picked up a yellow card for a foul on Emma Rolston in the 48th minute of France’s game against New Zealand, she could not possibly have imagined the ramifications it would have for her team.
When the final whistle sounded at Bava Park, Les Bleuettes were level with USA at the top of group C on both points and goals scored.
As the encounter between the two sides finished in a goalless draw, Fair Play criteria were used to determine the final standings.
Cascarino’s booking left the French with an inferior record to USA, who clinched top spot after navigating the group stages without picking up a single yellow.
The Oceanian champions encountered setbacks in the opening stages of each of their group games, only recovering from these shaky starts in the final minutes of each clash.
As well as opening the scoring for her team, Mexico striker Kiana Palacios reached an U20 Women’s World Cup milestone in the match against Venezuela by netting the 800th goal in the competition’s history. –

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