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Race For FIFA U-20 Womens Quarter Finals Slots Heats Up

The just concluded FIFA Mens World Cup was a major success much that it stole the limelight from another equally important FIFA tournament that begun only days after the historic 2010 Finals.

The FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in Germany has already seen the likes of Korea Republic , Korea Democratic People’s Rupublic and hosts Germany qualify for the Quarter finals. Now, i was  just as shocked as you are right now when i found out about this just a few days ago.

For those of you thoroughly interested in all aspects of the beautiful game, i can assure you that you have not missed much ok may be  a few breath taking goals, however,  there are still plenty of games and goals to come.

There are 16 teams taking part in this tournament spread across 4 groups. As things standing right now, hosts Germany lead Group A with 6 points from 2 games securing a quarter final spot with France closely behind them on 4 points.

Group B sees Korea DPR leading the table with 6 points effectively securing a quarter finals slot with Sweden in hot pursuit just 2 points behind them. Favourites Brazil, are languishing in 3rd spot after drawing and losing their opening two games.

Group C  is the tightest of all the groups with both Mexico and Nigeria level on 4 points. Nigeria is only one of two African representatives with the other being Ghana. Japan and England make up the rest of the Group with each country on 1 point. Any of these four teams can go through to the quarter finals and so  there is all to play for in their final group matches.

Group D has Korea Republic topping the table with 6 points with the USA in second spot on 4 points. Ghana have 1 point while Switzerland have none. A lot of pressure is definitely on the Black Princesses to match the feat set by their brothers-the Black Satelittes who won the men’s edition of this tournament last year.

Although, managing to pick up just1 point form their opening 2 games, the Black Princesses can still make it through to the quarters if they win their next game against Switzerland convincingly and the USA lose to the Koreans. The odds favour them however, no team can be ruled out.

The final group matches to determine who progresses to the quarters will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Photo credit: from Popeyee