Third timeâ€™s a charm
Before Thursday, Englandâ€™s best feat during a U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup was reaching a quarter-finals in 2002 and 2008, though no further. Victory over a Dutch takes a Young Lionesses into a unchartered domain of a final four, with Mo Marleyâ€™s side now a tip scorers during France 2018 with 12 goals. Having seen their masculine counterparts explain World Cup titles during U-17 and U-20 levels in 2017, this England group will be dynamic to start a same trend in a womenâ€™s diversion this year.
Young Nadeshiko spoil all-European party
With England, France and Spain all in a final four, that in itself is a initial time that has occurred during a U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup, Germany had a event to make a semi-finals an all-European affair. However, a excellent Japanese opening that enclosed 3 second-half goals dashed those hopes, with a East Asians finally claiming a win over a Germans in a knockout theatre compare in this foe during a third time of asking. It was also in a quarter-finals that Japan pennyless German hearts during a 2011 Womenâ€™s World Cup before going on to win a title.
Heading into a quarter-finals, several players were in a support for a adidas Golden Boot endowment as a competitionâ€™s tip scorer. Following her dual goals opposite a Netherlands, Englandâ€™s Georgia Stanway now stands alongside Spainâ€™s Patri Guijarro during a limit of a France 2018 scoring charts with 5 goals each. Trailing only behind a corner leaders are Franceâ€™s Amelie Delabre and a Japanese span of Saori Takarada and Riko Ueki, who both scored opposite Germany on Friday, with all 3 on 4 goals each. With dual some-more matches left for all 5 players to any urge on their totals, it is certain to be an intriguing lurch to a finish line.