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Puck
September 10, 2007, 12:44 PM
Defending champions Germany began their Women's World Cup campaign in style as they set a new record score for the tournament by crushing Argentina 11-0.

Argentina keeper Vanina Correa fumbled in before a Kerstin Garefrekes volley and Melanie Behringer sidefooted home.

Birgit Prinz scored with a header and a shot before half-time, Renate Lingor smashed in, Sandra Smisek tapped in and Prinz's header completed her hat-trick.

Smisek netted with a drive, then a tap-in, before Correa fumbled in again.
It was never a contest as Germany underlined their status as one of the tournament favourites against an Argentina side ranked 29th in the world.

But their ruthless display will have unnerved Germany's Group A rivals England and Japan, who meet on Tuesday.

Argentina began the match eager to erase the memories of losing 6-1 to Germany at the 2003 World Cup.

But from the moment the hapless Correa managed to divert a corner kick into her own net after 11 minutes, it was clear this was going to be a nightmare for the Argentines.

Garefrekes showed good control as she volleyed in on 17 minutes, while Correa allowed Behringer's sidefooted effort from a tight angle to slip by her seven minutes later.

Prinz's emphatic header made the score 4-0 before the half-hour mark and in first-half injury-time she prodded home after being afforded acres of space inside the box.

Remarkably, it could have been worse for Argentina as Sandra Minnert hit a post with a header shortly after the break, although it was a brief respite as Lingor hit a powerful shot home on 51 minutes.

The first of Smisek's goals was easy as she tapped in from two yards after Correa tipped Lingor's free-kick on to a post.

Prinz's second header completed her hat-trick moments later.

Smisek drove in a beauty, then tapped in to match Prinz's individual tally, before the match ended as it began, with another howler from Correa.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/women/6987345.stm

Sohel
September 10, 2007, 01:34 PM
I'm a huge fan of women's soccer ... have been since dating one Kristie Orell in college ... USA ... ALL THE WAY ... if not, I'm sticking to China and Brazil ...

ArZentina ... NEVER !!!

Dhruvo
September 10, 2007, 02:11 PM
omg lol i thought it was the mens team lol,i was so shocked lol i didnt read the title properly lol and then when i came into the thread i understood that it wasnt the mens team but the womens team lol

Puck
September 10, 2007, 02:56 PM
women's football is hugely entertaining. there are some very fine players. what with the long established professional league, despite recent results in major competitions, usa perhaps remain the team to beat.

the teams tends to be a little imbalanced at international level. this constitutes one of two (in the case of usa and germany, six or seven!) very talented players. however, the rest tends to be comparatively mediocre. this basically shows them up quite badly against the better players.

the mismatch can also take on comical proportions. this is particularly true in the cae of the goalkeeper. women's football still operates on the notion that the worst outfield player should play in goal! tragically, this is the truth. as a result you see spectacular goals. if you were to put in goal even a moderately good goalkeeper from the premier league against the best of the women's offensive line up, almost 80% or more goals would be cut out!

there are several reasons why i particularly enjoy women's footbal. in uk it is presented by the delectable celina hincliffe. if i were to say that she is a friend of a friend that would be stretching it a little. she did the same course at birmingham university (drama and english) as a close friend of mine jill. jill knew her vaguely as they also went to the same girls school.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/images/bank/talent/sport/70celina_hinchcliffe.jpg

Puck
September 10, 2007, 02:57 PM
i am of course supporting england!

Hatebreed
September 10, 2007, 09:47 PM
Watched the highlights, what an embarassment! Kudos to Germany, but that was pitiful from the Argentines. They pretty much gave up after the 3rd goal and the goalie just sucked. It looked like some arcade football game with bad AI.

Puck
September 11, 2007, 04:34 AM
just to coin your phrase, all goalies suck in women's football. no pun intended.

height is obviously an advantage for a goalkeeper but agility can make up for it. the goalkeepers should go to their male international team counterparts and ask to be trained.

Sohel
September 12, 2007, 08:34 AM
WTG Japan for the 2-2 tie against England !!!

Puck
September 12, 2007, 10:47 AM
that was quite a good match actually..

Sohel
September 12, 2007, 11:18 AM
USA-2 versus DPR Korea-2 ... phew

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Shannon Boxx

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Hope Solo

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Natasha Kai

O'Reilly's goal rallies U.S. against North Korea
Associated Press

CHENGDU, China -- For those who thought the U.S.-North Korea matchup might be the best of the women's World Cup, they weren't disappointed.

The United States rallied for a 2-2 draw Tuesday, with Heather O'Reilly scoring in the 69th minute in the Group B opener for both teams.

It was end-to-end action in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 35,000. It was counterattacking. And it was the two quickest teams in the world facing each other: the top-ranked Americans against the best team in Asia.

"I hope you enjoyed the game as much as I did," U.S. coach Greg Ryan said. "It was two great teams. North Korea is a fantastic team.

"There were chances for the U.S. to win and for North Korea to win," Ryan added. "We knew what a difficult group this would be -- and it is proving to be very difficult."

The Koreans scored twice while the U.S. was a player short for several minutes in the second half, before O'Reilly tied the match with a shot from about 10 yards into the top corner of the net.

The United States extended its unbeaten streak to 47 games spanning 2½ years under Ryan.

Played in a light rain at Chengdu Sports Center Stadium, the match had the feel of a final rather than a group-play opener. The final of the 16-team tournament is Sept. 30 in Shanghai.

Abby Wambach gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute with a long-range shot that goalkeeper Jon Myong-hui got her gloves to but was only able to deflect into the net.

Minutes later, Wambach knocked heads with another player in a scramble around the goal and left the field with blood pouring from her face, leaving the Americans with 10 players.

North Korea scored twice in her absence. Ryan made a decision not to replace her, which he almost regretted.

"It was a very tough call," he said. "The doctor said they could get her back within just a few minutes. Abby is such an important player to this team. I thought we could withstand playing 11 against 10.

"I'm just glad we got that last one after giving up the two."

Kil Son-hui benefited from a goalkeeping error, as Hope Solo let a long shot slip through her hands in the wet conditions in the 58th minute. In the 62nd, Kim Yong-ae pounced on a rebound and shot it past Solo.

Wambach returned in the 65th minute, and her return seemed to calm things for the Americans. O'Reilly scored minutes later with a clever shot using the outside of her boot.

"The U.S. is the best in the world, but today they didn't perform to their maximum," North Korean coach Kim Kwang-min said. "This gave us a chance to see our level, and if we meet the Americans a next time we will have the tactics to beat the Americans. We are marching toward the target of a world title."

Group B is the toughest in the World Cup with third-ranked Sweden and African champions Nigeria also playing for a spot in the quarterfinals. The Americans face Sweden on Friday and North Korea plays Nigeria.

Despite its poise, the U.S. looked unnerved at times. North Korea pressed the Americans in the first half like few teams have.

Keeping the ball on the slick turf, Ri Kum-suk lashed several shots just wide of Solo. Kim Yong-ae and Kim Kyong-hwa joined Ri, putting a half dozen more shots on goal that required saves.

North Korea always counterattacked, seldom waiting for a slow buildup. The Americans had trouble keeping possession, but still managed threats in spurts. They looked dangerous on several corners and free kicks. In open play, Lori Chalupny and O'Reilly tested Jon twice early in the game, and long crosses in from Cat Whitehill tensed up the Korean defense.

The best chance for the United States -- maybe the best for either team in the first half -- came in the 40th minute. Off a corner kick from Stephanie Lopez, Wambach's header went off the crossbar behind Jon and dropped inches in front of the goal before it was cleared.

Link:http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=216507&cc=4716

China-3 versus Denmark-2 ... WTG

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Joy for China after Li Jie (right) opened the scoring

China 3-2 Denmark: Song hits late winner
Associated Press

WUHAN, China -- China defeated Denmark 3-2 in its World Cup opener Wednesday, with substitute Song Xiaoli scoring the winning goal with less than two minutes left in regulation before a drum-pounding, singing crowd of more than 50,000.

The victory heightens expectations for host China's upcoming game against Brazil, which is favored to win Group D. Brazil beat an overmatched New Zealand 5-0 earlier Wednesday in the other group game.

Song, who came off bench in the 58th minute, sealed the outcome with a long, soaring shot that sent Danish players crumpling to the ground in anguish. The goal came seconds after Denmark had pulled even on Cathrine Paaske Sorensen's header.

The home crowd of 50,800 cheered and sang tirelessly throughout the match, accompanied by drums, cymbals and horns. At one end, fans passed around a giant replica of the Chinese jersey, and it fluttered from one side of the section to the other.

China struck first in the 30th on a free kick after Bi Yan was tripped up at the top of the box. Denmark goalkeeper Heidi Johansen was not able to see Li Jie's shot through the wall and couldn't react until the ball was in the net.

Bi made it 2-0 in the 50th, firing off a long shot on the run. But the widening margin distracted the Chinese players, and they allowed Denmark to answer just one minute later when Anne Dot Eggers Nielsen drilled in a header off a corner kick.

China was once one of the world's top teams but has slipped to No. 11. Following four consecutive losses at this year's Algarve Cup, the "Steel Roses" turned to a foreign coach for the first time, hiring Marika Domanski-Lyfors from Sweden.

The Danes, ranked No. 6, have beaten China only once, in 2001.

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China's Bi Yan celebrates after scoring her side's second of the match against Denmark

Link:http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=216513&cc=4716

Puck
September 12, 2007, 01:01 PM
hope is very nice indeed. is she going solo? she looks a lot like my good friend amy!

Rommel
September 12, 2007, 02:43 PM
omg lol i thought it was the mens team lol,i was so shocked lol i didnt read the title properly lol and then when i came into the thread i understood that it wasnt the mens team but the womens team lol

Bro don't say lol so much :-D.

Sohel
September 12, 2007, 03:24 PM
Always nice to have hope when you're going solo ... http://forums.sohh.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

Puck
September 12, 2007, 07:01 PM
i shall not respond to that as there are children present in this forum. however, one day i shall send you links to some of my ezine columns!