FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

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It was a proud moment for Papua New Guinea when Miss PNG 2015 Abigail Havora returned from the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Cook Islands last year with the regional queen title and crown.

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USA coach confident heading into the quarterfinals

The three time champions and France qualified for the quarter-finals levelled on five points apiece on the Group C point’s ladders. But according to FIFA.COM,  the pair level at the top on points and goals only for USA to finish as group-winners on Fair Play criteria, having picked up one fewer yellow card.

From their group outings, USA recorded two draw and a win to qualify for the next stage.    

“We did not have an easy game, each team were different from one another. We still have our best soccer to come,” French said. 

Ghana coach confident against USA

Today will be the final matches of the Port Moresby hosted games and the final two positions in Group C are open for grabs.

But for the Ghanaians, they must cause an upset over group leaders, USA, and the other group match between New Zealand and France to end in a drew, to sneak into the quarterfinals.        

Dramani said matches are won in 90 minutes and his team will be prepared mentality and physically to cause an upset.

 Meanwhile, US Coach Michelle French said they have a plan on how to stop the Ghana side.  

PNG captain: Team learnt a lot at World Cup

PNG made their last appearance at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup taking on top team Korea DPR in the last round of the Group A matches in Port Moresby.

Despite going down 7-1 to Korea DPR, the home side focused on making history as a host nation by scoring its first ever goal in the tournament.

Gabong said hosting the World Cup is a history for PNG and for the players were privileged to have been part of the team. 

She said it was a bonus for the players to enter the tournament as the host nation.

USA in a must win game against the Kiwis

Game two will decide the fate for the four nations; that is why all will be vying for three points to make their chances for a berth in the qualifying rounds easier, with one match left after this evening’s matches at PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Group favourites, USA will be on their toes to make amends for their scoreless draw against a no-nonsense France outfit when they play New Zealand at 7pm.

Swedish striker humbled with four goals against PNG

The winner of the match to be played on Sunday will join Korea DPR into the next stage of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.       

Blackstenius speaking through a translator said it was team performance and she was happy to score four goals.

Sweden defeated PNG 6-0 yesterday at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

“We went in the game to win the game, to set up our game against the Brazil, and scoring six goals in a match will make you happy,” Blackstenius said.

Brazil and Korea DPR in top-of-the-table FIFA clash at SJG

In the first pool matches, Brazil humiliated host, Papua New Guinea, with 9 unanswered goals and Korea DPR defeated Sweden 2-0 with speed and aggression.

In the Pool A match at the same venue, winless PNG and Sweden will play under the stadium lights at 7pm.            

From three previous encounters, Korea DPR has the upper hand over the Brazilians, winning two of the matches.

Brazil coach Dorival Bueno knows the Brazilians must step up another gear to defeat the Koreans, who are one of the successful Under 20 women’s team in the world.

Defending champion Germany takes to field today

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.

Bava Park to host two matches on Day One

While the opening ceremony will be taking place at the Sir John Guise Stadium, Bava Park will host its first match at 4pm between Spain will take on Canada.

The Spaniards will be bidding to break down Canada's defensive fortress with key players Andrea Sierra, Nahikari Garcia and Sandra Hernandez.

The Canadians will be hoping to build on a positive showing with the help of key players Sarah Stratigakis and Bianca St. Georges after they reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Japan takes the field to play Nigeria at 7pm.

Final countdown to FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup kick-off

Four matches will be played today at two separate venues.

Pool A matches will be played at the Sir John Guise (SJG) stadium and Pool B matches will be played at Bava Park.

The first two matches will kick off at 4pm.

Sweden and Korea DPR will take the field after the opening ceremony at the SJG stadium in front of an expected sellout crowd.

Sweden will be banking on key players Stina Blackstenius, Nathalie Bjorn and Tove Almqvist. Korea DPR has key players Ri Un Sim and Ri Kyong Hyang to help them through to victory.