The second round of group games at the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup in Uruguay saw Canada, Ghana and New Zealand go through, while North Korea were 3-0 victors over USA.
Ghana and New Zealand both sealed quarter-final berths with a game to spare, after each made it two Group A wins from two on Friday 16 November.
New Zealand came from behind to beat hosts Uruguay 2-1 as Kelli Brown scored a first-half winner and Ghana got the better of Finland 3-1, having been set up well with two goals in the first 13 minutes.
Group B is led by Japan on goal-difference from Mexico, the former hitting South Africa for six with Haruka Osawa and Sara Ito both bagging a brace. Mexico beat Brazil by the only goal, Vanessa Buso scoring 2 minutes before the break. A draw between Japan and Mexico on Tuesday will ensure they both reach the last eight.
All teams in Group C are on three points each following Saturday’s results, when North Korea ran out 3-0 winners over the USA with goals by Ri Kum-hyang, Kim Yun-ok and Kim Kyong-yong, while Cameroon edged Germany with an Alice Kameni second-half effort.
Canada made sure of progress from Group D by beating South Korea with goals from Jordyn Huitema and Lara Kazandjian. Spain have four points after a 1-1 tie with Colombia, Mabel’s goal immediately cancelled out by Gisela Robledo.
The final round of group games take place over 20 & 21 November.