France and Germany ready for showdown

France and Germany will go head to head today for a place in the semifinals of the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, underway in Port Moresby.

The two European teams will take the field at 7:30pm in what is expected to be a showdown at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

France will be hoping to make the top four once again like they did in the 2014 World Cup in Canada, while Germany is out to defend the Cup.

France coach Gilles Eyquem said earlier that the team is focused on a good defensive game as Germany is a very good team and usually, when they have an opportunity to score, they take it.

Germany coach Maren Meinert admitted earlier in the tournament that it’s not going to be an easy task to defend the title because all teams came well prepared.

Meinert said they will take one game at a time and stay focused in order to win the tournament.

France will be banking on top goal scorer Clara Mateo, who has scored two goals so far in the tournament, to help them to victory.

Germany has been unbeaten so far throughout the tournament.

The reigning champions are hoping to keep the momentum going with the experience of Stefanie Sanders and Madeline Gier, who are also in the running for the top goal scorer’s crown.

USA will play Mexico in the first game, which kicks off at 4pm.

Japan and Korea DPR have so far secured a place in the semifinals, which gets underway on Tuesday, November 29.

Quintina Naime