German women reach semifinals

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Germany scored three goals in a five-minute span of the second half to rout Russia 7-1 in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup soccer.

German women reach semifinals

Portland:

Germany scored three goals in a five-minute span of the second half to rout Russia 7-1 in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup soccer. In another match, Canada produced the only goal to defeat China 1-0. Canada now faces Sweden in the semifinals Sunday at Portland's PGE Park, while Germany plays takes on the United States in the other semi. The Germans have outscored their World Cup competition 20-3 while going 4-0. "The German team is at its best right now," Russian coach Yuri Bystritsky said through an interpreter. "I think the German team has a real opportunity and is capable of winning the title." Birgit Prinz and Kerstin Garefrekes each scored twice for Germany, which had six second-half goals. "What I saw on the field was we were able to create many, many chances, and that is important as we go into the next game," German coach Tina Theune-Meyer said. Germany, ranked third in the world behind the United States and China, has never lost to Russia in women's soccer. Charmaine Hooper scored an early goal to lead Canada over China. (AP)

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