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2 own goals by the keeper . dreadful


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However this is the latest on the USA - Korea match:


27' Korea DPR commit a foul.


26' Korea DPR effort goes wide of the target.


25' USA are penalised following a foul.


23' USA effort goes wide of the target.


22' K. YONG AE (in) comes off the bench to replace H. SUN HUI (out) (Korea DPR)


22' USA take a corner kick.


21' Korea DPR concede a free-kick following a challenge on a USA player.


19' USA effort on target is saved.


17' USA commit a foul.


15' Korea DPR are penalised following a foul.


13' USA strike their free-kick wide.


12' Korea DPR concede a free-kick following a challenge on a USA player.


11' USA commit a foul.


11' Korean number 9 breaks a nail, on comes the stretcher and a repair kit!


9' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of USA.


9' All the girls take a shopping break!


9' Korea DPR effort on target is saved.


8' USA are penalised following a foul.


7' A shot is blocked by the goalkeeper of USA.


7' Korea DPR effort on target is saved.


7' USA concede a free-kick following a challenge on a Korea DPR player.


6' USA effort on target is saved.


4' USA effort goes wide of the wall of breasts.


4' USA have a shot blocked.


3' USA commit a foul.


1' Korea DPR effort goes wide of the target.


The match kicks off.


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Germany playmaker Renate Lingor's first act on emerging from the dressing room at the Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai, following the record-breaking 11-0 demolition of Argentina was to take a deep breath or two before enjoying a sip of milky coffee.


The seasoned 31-year-old appeared to have enjoyed the festival of goals, but her unruffled composure suggested she was far from overwhelmed. Sure enough, when FIFA.com asked for her reaction to the biggest-ever margin of victory in the history of the FIFA Women's World Cup, Lingor expressed utter surprise: "Really? A new record? I honestly didn't know that up to now."


This serene mentality could yet be Germany's secret recipe for success at the global event in China. Lingor, Birgit Prinz and Co. have seen and won everything there is to see and win, so an exaggerated reaction was highly unlikely. Coach Silvia Neid's defending champions were quick to recognise the conclusions that really mattered from Monday's Opening Match. "The best thing about our 11-0 win over Argentina wasn't the record. The best thing was that we succeeded in taking nearly every chance we had. That's what we'll take away from the match," said Lingor, herself among the scorers after contributing a fulminating left-foot volley to the one-sided rout.


When it came to records, Prinz seemed just as unconcerned as Lingor. The 29-year-old striker, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, again underlined her exceptional quality with a hat-trick against the outclassed Argentines. However, informed by FIFA.com that she had drawn level with US great Michelle Akers as the all-time top scorer at the finals on 12 goals, she produced only a wry smile: "As you know, I've never thought much of statistics and I'm not about to start now."


Seasoned observers of the Frankfurt player were not surprised to hear Prinz calling for Germany to improve, as if the opening-day fireworks had never happened. "I wouldn't say we've hit anything like top form yet, because we made far too many errors against Argentina," she said, her words almost taking on a threatening tone. "Unfortunately, even after the opening match, we really don't quite know where we stand."


Behringer thrilled

Prinz's fellow strikers also enjoyed a field day. Sandra Smisek and Melanie Behringer added four further goals between them and interchanged smoothly with the Germany captain, at least one of the three-strong forward line constantly dropping back to help out in midfield. While Neid made no secret of her satisfaction at Smisek's hat-trick ("I'm delighted she's back in the groove"), the 21 year-old Behringer was one of the few in the cool-headed German squad to be obviously bowled over by the record margin of victory. "It's the kind of thing you'll always look back on with pleasure in your old age," said the youngster, considered one of the brightest prospects in the German game.


German Football Association (DFB) President Dr Theo Zwanziger, known for his keen support of the women's game, was naturally to be found in Shanghai on Monday. The 62-year-old, seated in the stands alongside FIFA Executive member Franz Beckenbauer as the goals rained in, refrained from over-lavish praise afterwards in a conscious effort to avoid increasing the pressure on Prinz and Co. "If this team can make it beyond the quarter-finals, I believe they could go all the way," Zwanziger said. Should they make the last eight, Germany would meet USA, Sweden, Korea DPR or Nigeria. "All our remaining opponents will definitely be stronger than Argentina," Prinz warned.


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If there was an air of disappointment among Hope Powell's England players as they filed through the bowels of the Hongkou Stadium following Monday night's 2-2 draw with Japan, it was not the only emotion in evidence.


English hopes of an opening victory might have been scattered into Shanghai's night sky by Aya Miyama's last-gasp free-kick but the way Powell's team took the game to their opponents, their enterprising approach enhanced by a superb individual performance from Kelly Smith, meant there were plenty of positives to draw from their first outing on the world stage since 1995. As captain Faye White noted: "We've made a lot of chances against a side who've been in this environment many times before. We're still in it, it's still in our hands - we were 1-0 down and showed great spirit to come back."



Not surprisingly White was quick to commend Smith for her starring two-goal contribution. "We know that Kelly Smith has that kind of quality that can change a game. She's got magic in her feet," said White, adding that her Arsenal colleague had feared her "legs were going" with the nerves of the occasion at half-time. Fortunately for England, White's legs were still going strong in the closing stages when she struck her quickfire double. "She is someone very special that can do things against the very top players in the world," added goalkeeper Rachel Brown. "We are hoping for a couple more against the Germans, that would be handy."



'Good thing'

Brown, whose quip "a clever marketing stunt" certainly stripped the mystery off Smith's boot-kissing celebrations, said England had definite grounds for improvement as they began preparing to face world champions Germany on Friday. "We can't afford to make errors like giving away free-kicks in such vulnerable areas," she said, alluding to the source of Miyama's two identikit strikes. "I think that was a basic lack of concentration and a little bit of immaturity in situations like this but we can take a lot of positives from this game. I think it's a good thing that we've come away with a draw against a top team in the World Cup and we are not happy."



As for the challenge of facing Friday's opponents Germany, who opened their title defence with that 11-goal rout of Argentina, Brown said: "It was pretty daunting watching them on TV but we played Germany in January and we matched them - we drew with them 0-0. We need to get something off Germany and that will be our next target."



England would love to take at least a point, given Japan will fancy their chances of beating Argentina, and with Smith on song they have cause for optimism. Reflecting on Monday evening's events with FIFA.com, the woman of the moment said: "We're a little bit disappointed with the result but we have to pick ourselves up for the Germany game. They're the world champions and we're going to be very focused. We are hoping to put on another good performance."


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Looking at the title of his post, young Westie obviously knows NOTHING about womens football.


England held Germany to a 0-0 draw this afternoon.


A great game, with England hanging on for the draw in the 2nd half !


Germany were tipped to wop us, (sorry Italians !)

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