Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius is leading goal scorer

Sweden’s forward Stina Blackstenius is the top goal scorer so far in the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup after round two of the Group competition.

The World Cup, underway in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from November 13-December 3, has 336 players from 16 countries participating.

Blackstenius is leading with four goals out of 59 goals scored so far in the tournament.

The 20-year-old overtook Japan’s forward Mami Ueno, who led after round one with three goals.

Blackstenius’ four goals were all scored during Sweden’s victory match against PNG 6-0 on Wednesday, 16 Nov, at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

She made her debut in the Summer Olympics this year in Rio, scoring as a substitute against the USA and in the gold medal match against Germany, where Sweden went in to win the silver medal.

Coming in at second with three goals each are Japan’s Ueno and Brena and Gabi Nunes of Brazil.

Eight players have two goals each to their name.

They’re Yasmin of Brazil, Madeline Gier and Stefanie Sanders of Germany, Japan’s Yuka Momiki, North Korea’s Jon So-yon and Ri Hyang-sim and Spain’s Lucía García and Maria Caldentey.

30 players scored a goal each in the tournament so far.

They include three players from Brazil, Nigeria, South Korea and United States, two players from France, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, North Korea, Spain and Sweden, and one player from Venezuela.

Quintina Naime