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Canada eliminated from U20 World Cup with loss to Germany

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The Canadian Press
8/16/2014 10:09:06 PM
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EDMONTON - Pauline Bremer's goal in the 23rd minute stood up as the winner as Germany eliminated the host Canadian team with a 2-0 victory in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup quarter-final game between the two nations on Saturday.

Germany will now await the winner of Sunday's match between France and South Korea to determine its semifinal opponent for next week's game in Montreal.

The underdog Canadians were playing in the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time since 2004.

The attendance at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton was 22,421, easily shattering the previous best showing of 16,503 for the 2014 event in Toronto. It was, however, the final game of the U-20 World Cup being played in Western Canada.

Canada came out with a very strong start, putting the German side on its heels early.

The Canadians came close to scoring in the ninth minute as Emma Fletcher sent a long shot past German goalkeeper Meike Kaemper and off the crossbar.

Germany started to match the pace from there and had a strong opportunity of its own in the 17th minute as Rebecca Knaak got a shot off from in tight, but Canadian 'keeper Kailen Sheridan was perfectly positioned to haul it in.

Germany got on the board in dramatic fashion in the 24th minute as a long goal kick was flicked on to Bremer for a clear breakaway. Sheridan came way out of her net to try and get to the ball and looked to have blocked Bremer out, but she was able to side-step at the last minute and take a shot on net that deflected off of Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan and in for a 1-0 lead. It was Bremer's fourth goal of the tournament.

The favoured Germans kept up the attack for the remainder of the first half and almost added to their lead in the 34th minute before Canadian defender Rebecca Quinn made a saving tackle in the crease.

Germany came close to making it 2-0 once again in the 51st minute as a giveaway ended up giving Bremer a shot from inside the crease, but Sheridan came up with a big stop.

Canada had its best opportunity in a while at the 61st minute mark, but Janine Beckie's perfect pass in front was whiffed on by Valerie Sanderson. Then, in the 67th minute, Fletcher barely lost a race to a loose ball sitting in the crease to a diving Kaemper.

The Germans made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute, as a corner kick by Sara Daebritz was headed in by Knaak.

Canada came flying back seconds later and Amandine Pierrre-Louis had Kaemper beat, but shot the ball just wide of the far post.

The Canadian squad furiously pushed forward in the final minutes, but was unable to get on the board despite a couple of very good chances.

Earlier Saturday, North Korea knocked the United States out of the tournament with a 3-1 quarter-final win on penalties in Toronto.

Jon So Yon, Ri Kyong Hyang, and Rim Se Ok each scored after drawing 1-1 through full-time. Goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok stopped three American penalty shots to earn player of the match honours. So Yon also scored in regulation, tying the game at a goal apiece with a penalty kick in the 54th minute.

Makenzy Doniak had the lone U.S. goal in regulation, sending the ball into the net in the sixth minute, while Stephanie Amack scored on penalties.

Notes: Only three teams have won the tournament since the inaugural event was staged in Canada in 2002. The United States has won three times, while Germany has claimed the title twice and Korea has the other… It was the first time since 2004 that Canada had advanced out of the group stage… Germany won all three of its games in the so-called Group of Death — Group B. The Germans outscored their opponents 12-6, although the totals against were blown somewhat askew in a bizarre 5-5 tie with China in their final group outing… Canada finished 2-1 to get out of Group A, outscoring opponents just 4-3… Germany's Sara Daebritz entered the game leading the tournament in goals with five… Canada plays host to the women's World Cup in 2015, with Edmonton serving as one of six host cities for the June 6 to July 5 event. Canada will play its first two games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

Germany celebrates (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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