The knockout stage of the 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup is officially set after group play wrapped-up Wednesday. Germany, North Korea, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden, Columbia, Nigeria and the United States are all through to the quarterfinals.
Saturday will feature a heavyweight battle in just the quarterfinal stage when host Germany takes on North Korea in Bochum. Meanwhile, Sweden will take on Columbia in Bielefield Saturday on the opposite side of the bracket.
Sunday will feature Mexico squaring off with South Korea in Dresden and the United States will face-off with Nigeria Sunday in Augsburg. The way the bracket lays out, defending champion USA could square off with foes Germany or North Korea in the final. Click here for the full bracket.
Group C wrapped up Wednesday with Japan topping England 3-1 and Nigeria drawing 1-1 with Mexico, a result that sent both teams through. Check out match highlights below:
Group D was decided after the United States defeated South Korea 1-0, making Ghana’s 2-0 triumph over Switzerland irrelevant. Check out highlights below:
And, according to this article: http://www.womensoccer.de/2010/07/21/ramona-bachmann-wm-aus-und-lange-pause/ it seems that Swiss U-20 and Atlanta Beat forward Ramonna Bachmann may be taking extended time off to heal her injury-prone back. Google Translation might be iffy, but it seems Bachmann may be taking time off to get healthy.
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