Top-ranked Ger­many rolls into quar­ters

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS


Af­ter coast­ing through the pre­lim­i­nary round of the Women’s World Cup, for­wards Anja Mit­tag and Celia Sa­sic pro­vided a dom­i­nat­ing re­minder of why Ger­many is de­serv­ing of its top-rank billing.

Sa­sic scored twice, and Mit­tag added a goal and drew a penalty to set up another, in help­ing Ger­many ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals with a 4-1 win to elim­i­nate fifth-ranked Swe­den in a Round of 16 game on Satur­day in Ot­tawa.

“Bench­mark? Yes. We mea­sure our­selves against what we know we can achieve,” Ger­man Coach Sil­via Neid said through an in­ter­preter. “It was a very im­por­tant game, maybe it was a key match be­cause we haven’t had many games of this qual­ity yet in this World Cup.

Ger­many’s only first-round blem­ish was a 1-1 tie against Nor­way. Oth­er­wise, the Ger­mans routed the Ivory Coast and Thai­land, in scor­ing a tour­na­mentbest 15 goals.

Now the two-time World Cup cham­pi­ons will travel to Mon­treal, where they will face the win­ner of Sun­day’s match be­tween third-ranked France and South Korea.

Dis­ap­point­ing as the fin­ish was for Swe­den, which ended the tour­na­ment with­out a vic­tory, Coach Pia Sund­hage ac­knowl­edged it was go­ing to take a nearper­fect ef­fort to beat Ger­many.

“Ger­many is a very good team, and they de­serve to ad­vance,” Sund­hage said. “We fought and we tried, but it was not good enough.”

Mit­tag opened the scor­ing in the 24th minute, and then Sa­sic scored the next two — in­clud­ing one on a penalty kick— in stak­ing Ger­many to a 3-0 lead by the 78th minute.

The Swedes fi­nally coun­tered with Linda Sem­brant scor­ing on a header off Therese Sjo­gran’s free kick from out­side the box in the 82nd minute. Swe­den nearly cut the mar­gin to 3-2 a minute later, when Sofia Jakobsson broke in alone. How­ever, Jakobs son was stopped by goalie Na­dine Angerer, who came out of the crease to cut the an­gle.

Dzsenifer Marozsan then sealed the win by scor­ing in the 88th minute.

The Ger­mans im­proved to 18-7 all-time against Swe­den. And they’ve won 12 of the past 14 meet­ings since de­feat­ing Swe­den 2-1 in the 2003World Cup cham­pi­onship game.

CHINA 1, CAMEROON 0: Wang Shan­shan scored early, and China held on to stay alive at the Women’s World Cup with a knock­out-round vic­tory over up­start Cameroon in Ed­mon­ton.

China, ranked No. 16 in the world, will play the win­ner of Mon­day night’s game be­tween the United States and Colom­bia. Anum­ber of play­ers from the U.S. team watched the match at Com­mon­wealth Sta­dium.

China was play­ing with­out Coach Hao Wei on the side­lines af­ter he was sent off from the team’s fi­nal group stage match against New Zealand.

Cameroon, No. 53, was the low­est ranked of the 16 teams that ad­vanced to the elim­i­na­tion round. Many play­ers re­mained on­the field sob­bing af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

China ad­vanced to the knock­out stage by fin­ish­ing sec­ond to host Canada in Group A. Af­ter fall­ing 1-0 in the opener to the Cana­di­ans, China beat the Nether­lands and played to a 2-2 draw with New Zealand.

Aref ruled Hao in­ter­fered with New Zealand’s Ria Per­ci­val on the side­line as she at­tempted to throw in the ball and ejected him from the match. Be­cause of the ejec­tion, Hao had to part from his team once they ar­rived at the sta­dium. He watched from the stands.

As­sis­tant Chang Wei­wei stood in for Hao on the side­lines.

Wang Shan­shan scored in the 12th minute, tak­ing a feed from Li Donga off a cor­ner kick and pop­ping the ball past Cameroon goal­keeper An­nette Ngo Ndom.

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