European and Asian Giants, Germany and China both booked the first two spots in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup with victories over Sweden and Cameroon respectively.
Germany who have won this competition twice in 2003 and 2007 easily beat Sweden 4-1 in Ottawa, while China won 1-0 in Edmonton to send the last African team Cameroon packing.
Anja Mittag set Germany on their way on 24 minutes with a solo run for her fifth goal in four matches before Celia Sasic added a second from the spot after a foul on Mittag by Amanda Ilestedt.
Sasic grabbed her second of the game with 12 minutes to go with a diving header – her fifth of the tournament
Linda Sembrant got one back for Sweden on 82, but Dzsenifer Marozsan added another for the Germans two minutes from time
In Edmonton, Wang Shanshan’s first-half goal was enough for China to set up a meeting with either the United States or Colombia.
China’s assistant coach Chang Wei-Wei who was standing in for the suspended head coach said
“Today all the players were wonderful, they put on a spectacular performance, demonstrating amazing resilience and bravery,”
“They fought like warriors for over 90 minutes. I want to thank them for their hard work.”
Enow Ngachu the Cameroonian Coach said
“The Chinese deserved their victory we can just say bravo. Their team is very complete,”