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Germany and China shared an astonishing 5-5 draw as the second round of matches in the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup got underway.
Look to build on the back of their opening win over the United States, Germany started well and took the lead when Pauline Bremer scored from Rebecca Knaak's long pass. However China were also looking dangerous on the break and equalised five minutes before half time, Tan Ruyin's shot being touched onto the bar by Meike Kaemper and Zhu Beiyan following up to score.
Germany regained the advantage on the stroke of half time with Bremer this time turning provider, setting up Sara Dabritz to score.
As heavy rain lashed down in Edmonton, China levelled the scores once again early in the second half when Tang Jiali found the net with an angled shot. Parity lasted for just three minutes though, this time Theresa Panfil restoring the Germans' lead via a cross-shot.
Just a minute later, China equalised for a third time, Lei Jiahui bursting through the German defence and finishing well. The Chinese attack was looking sharp and they went in front for the first time when Zhu slotted home from the penalty spot after Bremer had been penalised for handball.
Germany were awarded a penalty of their own, again for handball, with Dabritz scoring her second goal via a clinical spot kick. Once more Germany were to take the lead when Panfil also completed her brace by lashing home from ten yards.
However the game was to conjure up a tenth goal and give China a deserved share of the spoils. Zhang Chen, who had only come on as a substitute two minutes later, drove home a shot at the near post to complete an amazing game.
Despite conceding five goals, Germany are on the verge of making it through to the quarter finals and head the group by a point from United States, who were 1-0 winners over Brazil. In contrast to the earlier game at the Commonwealth Stadium, this was a much tighter affair with few chances at either end. Both teams were evenly matched but with eight minutes remaining, substitute Rachel Hill battled her way to the goal line past two challenges and cut the ball back for Lindsey Horan to sidefoot home the only goal of the game and put her side in with a great chance of qualifying.
Korea DPR are all but certain of a place in the last eight following a comfortable 3-0 victory against Ghana. It took just six minutes for them to take the lead, Song Kyong-Hui breaking down the right and crossing for Ri Un-Sim to score with a stooping header.
Korea continued to dominate matters but it took until the latter stages for them to finally wrap up the win. With twelve minutes left, Ri scored her second as she glanced in a free kick from Jon So-Yon, who went on to net the third goal in injury time from the penalty spot.
Hosts Canada went into their game with Finland needing a victory to rekindle their challenge but looked to be on their way out when the Finns raced into a two-goal lead inside twenty minutes, both scored by Juliette Kemppi. Three minutes into the second half, Janine Beckie brought the 16,503 crowd in Toronto to life as she bundled home to bring Canada back into the game and almost straight away, Valerie Sanderson put them on level terms. The game remained in the balance with a draw doing neither team any favours but with ten minutes to go, Beckie's shot was blocked by Vera Varis but Nichelle Prince was on hand to tuck home the rebound for the winning goal.
The Canadian team celebrated at the final whistle as though they had won the tournament itself but they still have the tough task of overcoming Korea DPR in the final group game if they are to progress to the knockout stages.
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