US loses to Germany but advances at U20 World Cup

The United States was beaten 3-0 by defending champion Germany

in Group D at the women’s under-20 World Cup on Monday but still

advanced to the quarterfinals.

After taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lena Lotzen in the first

half, Germany doubled the advantage in the 54th minute when Lotzen

scored again, pouncing on a rebound off a shot by Silvana


Melanie Leupolz scored from close range just two minutes later

to give Germany a commanding 3-0 lead.

”We just made a couple of mistakes and they punished us for

that and that’s what good teams do,” U.S. coach Steve Swanson

said. ”One of our goals was to advance, we’ve done that, and we’re

focused on the next game.”

China beat Ghana 1-0 in Group D’s other game. China and the U.S.

both finished the group stage with four points but the Americans

advanced thanks to superior goal difference.

Zhao Xindi scored the only goal in the 35th minute for China,

which went into its final group game with an eight-goal deficit to

the U.S.

The U.S. will face North Korea in the quarterfinals on Friday.

North Korea beat Canada 2-1 to finish first in Group C with nine


Norway also advanced out of Group C with a 4-1 win over

Argentina and will face Germany in the quarterfinals.

Japan versus South Korea and Mexico against Nigeria are the

other quarterfinal matchups.