Germany advance, U.S. bounce back at U-20 Women's World Cup
PARIS, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Germany secured a berth in the quarter-finals with two wins at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Thursday.
The United States took on a commanding 6-0 victory over Paraguay to declare themselves after shocking first round loss in the tournament.
After being restrained quite well after half an hour, Germany needed just nine minutes to pull away China 2-0 in their Group D second round clash.
Stefanie Sanders' cross picked out Giulia Gwinn, who fired a shot into the far corner in the 31st minute.
An unmarked Laura Freigang at the far post headed home Sophia Kleinherne's looping delivery to hand Germany a two-goal advantage into the halftime.
Xie Qiwen was the closest to get one back for China, but her powerful shot hit the post after the restart.
Later on Thursday, Nigeria edged Haiti 1-0 on Rasheedat Ajibade's penalty in the 36th minute.
Germany became the second team to have advanced to the quarter-finals, following the Netherlands, while debutants Haiti effectively had to snap up their historic campaign in the group stage with two bitter losses.
China and Nigeria will put on a head-to-head next Monday for the other last eight spot from the group. Nigeria currently sit ahead of China on goal difference.
Following a 1-0 loss to Japan in the first round, three-time winners United States showed no mercy to Paraguay in Group C, as Savannah Demelon scored a hat-trick, Sophia Smith finished a brace and Ashley Sanchez also found the net.
Spain continued their winning record after beating Japan 1-0 through Carmen Menayo's shot in the 16th minute.
Spain lead Group C with two straight wins. United States and Japan both snatch three points, while the former team have a superior goal difference.[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]