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Germany looking to avoid another hiccup at women's World Cup
« on: September 16, 2007, 11:12:53 AM »
HANGZHOU, China: Defending champion Germany is looking to avoid another hiccup and put its World Cup campaign back on track in its final game at the women's World Cup against Japan on Monday.

Both teams have four points after their first two games and a victory would give the favored Germans the top place in Group A.

The Germans rolled over Argentina 11-0 in their opening game but were held to a scoreless draw by England in their second game.

England, with two points, is more likely to take the second quarterfinal spot from the group because it faces Argentina, also on Monday in Chengdu.

A Japanese draw against Germany would likely mean goal difference would decide who advances, while a victory would mean Germany would be knocked out if England also won.
But German coach Silvia Neid said she was confident, especially has her defense played so well against England.

"We hope we can repeat that against Japan," Neid told a news conference. "What was missing was precision in our passing game, and need to do a little more running."

Japan has not beaten Germany in six tries, but German striker Birgit Prinz, who has a record-tying 12 goals in her World Cup career, dismissed the record.

"Statistics do not mean anything, you still have to play the game," she said.

Japanese coach Hiroshi Ohashi said his team would be playing for a win and not a draw.

"We know Germany is very strong, but we are still looking for three points," he told a news conference.

Germany will have a marked size advantage but Ohashi said he was not concerned about that.

"The issue of how we use our organization, and our quickness and our passing is more important," he said.

England will be without influential midfielder Katie Chapman — her running helped keep Germany off balance — who is suspended after collecting two yellow cards in the first two games.

Argentina has no injury or suspension worries. The Argentineans are looking to earn their first World Cup point.

"We have to beat Argentina and that's going to be a hard task," said England's Kelly Smith, who scored twice in England's 2-2 draw with Japan.

"I think we can play even better in our final game and give a more accurate reflection of what we are really capable of," said Argentina coach Jose Carlos Borrello.

The team that advances will have a tough quarterfinal opponent drawn from Group B, made up of the United States, North Korea, Sweden and Nigeria. The United States and North Korea are favored to advance but the order will not be known until the final group games are played Tuesday.

The winner of Group A plays the No. 2 team in Group B on Sept. 22 in Wuhan. The second-place team in A plays the No. 1 team from Group B on the same day in Tianjin.

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Re: Germany looking to avoid another hiccup at women's World Cup
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2007, 02:49:51 PM »
That's the hidden benefit of Friday's draw Germany will be angered and out out for a win...

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