FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Germany cruise past Norway to make semis
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Germany cruise past Norway to make semis avatar

Defending champions Germany moved into the semi-finals after easily disposing of opponents Norway in an eventful quarterfinal game.

Three goals in 20 minutes ended any hopes Norway had of making it through to the semi-finals, and kept alive Germany’s dreams of becoming the first team ever to defend their U-20’s title.

Norway’s #8 Caroline Hansen takes a shot against Germany at the U20’s World Cup quarterfinal in Siatama, Japan. (Getty Images)

Norway actually started the brighter, and could have been ahead within the first minute, when midfielder Caroline Hansen was played through down the right flank, but the midfielder’s shot was straight at German Keeper Laura Benkarth. The 17-year-old then had a free-kick deflected by a German defender into the side netting in the fifth minute.

Germany then countered from the resulting corner. Forward Marozsan picked up the ball on the wing, and ran to the byline, before cutting the ball back to the penalty spot, where forward Lotzen was waiting to easily score.

Two minutes later the Germans had another goal, when Norway’s Keeper Nora Gjoen parried Caroline Simon’s free-kick into the path of Dzenifer Marozsan, allowing the forward an easy conversion at the back post.

Lena Lotzen scoring Germany’s third goal against Norway in their quarterfinal match. (Getty Images)

Matters got worse for Norway in the 20th minute, when Germany once again extended their lead, with defender Simon once again the provider. The left-back picked up the ball in her own half, ran into the Norwegian half, before playing a through pass to release Lotzen. The FFC Frankfurt striker timed her run perfectly, before coolly finishing past the onrushing Gjeon to score her fourth goal in five games.

Norway could have been forgiven for burying their heads in the sand, but to their credit they kept their heads up, and almost got themselves back in the game with Hansen almost scoring a spectacular effort. The midfielder picked up the ball on the wing in her own half, beat three players, before unleashing a shot from the inside the box, but her effort sailed wide of the left hand post. Though to be fair Germany could have added a couple of more goals before the half was out, if not for the heroics of keeper Gjeon.

Norway tried to get themselves back in the game in the second half, with Caroline Hansen their most threatening player, but they were unable to find a break through. Germany should have added a fourth in the 70th minute, but Marozsan missed from the spot, after Germany were award a penalty.

The only sour note of the game was the red card received by Norway’s Hansen for a high challenge on Germany keeper Benkarth, especially as she been the game’s most exciting player.

Germany added to Norway’s pain by adding a forth goal five minutes from time, when defender Luisa Wensing towered above the Norwegian defense, after a short corner.

Germany will now face hosts Japan in the Semi-final next Tuesday in Tokyo.

About Anthony Ta

Anthony Ta is a writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, specializing in Premier League, Champions League and the Euros.
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