Defending champion Germany takes to field today

The FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup defending champion Germany will take the field today in Day Two of the tournament.

Group D kicks off with an exciting clash between heavyweights Germany and Venezuela.

The three times champion will be aiming to retain the title as they kick-off their World Cup campaign while Venezuela will be making their debut.

The match will commence at 4pm at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

The Germans will be making their sixth appearance in this World Cup, and have included five players in their squad who played at the last World Cup in Canada.

The reigning champions will be banking on key players Lena Pauels, Rebecca Knaak and Madeline Gier.

Debutants Venezuela will give their best shot with key players Franyeli Rodriguez (goalkeeper), Lourdes Moreno (midfielder), Yenifer Gimenez (midfielder), Idalys Perez (forward) and Gabriela Garcia (forward).

The other match in Group D will kick off at 7pm between Korea Republic and Mexico.

The last time they met was during the final group-stage game at Canada 2014 where the Asian side secured a crucial 2-1 victory.

The South Koreans will go out in search of a similar result led by three key players Yeji Namgung, Hyeji Hong and Yeeun Park.

Mexico is a regular competitor in this tournament however has not made much of an impact in the finals, being eliminated in the group phase four times.

The Mexicans will be banking on key players Emily Alvarado (goalkeeper), Annia Mejia (defender), Maria Sanchez (midfielder) and Kiana Palacios (forward) to help them to victory.

Group C matches will be played at the PNG Football Stadium between France and USA at 4pm and Ghana and New Zealand at 7pm.

Picture courtesy of German Society of Montreal

Quintina Naime