Mexico, New Zealand and Spain all reached the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup semi-finals through shoot-outs, while Canada got the only goal to eliminate Germany.
Spain and North Korea were first up on Saturday and although Clàudia Pina scored on 72 minutes, Kim Kyong-yong swiftly equalised. The Spaniards eventually went through 3-1 on penalties against the former holders.
Amelia Abbot gave New Zealand an early lead against Japan but Hannah McKay-Wright’s own-goal after 31 minutes led to the second shoot-out, which the young Football Ferns edged 4-3 when Anna Leat converted the decider.
More drama followed on Sunday, as Mexico’s Nicole Pérez twice levelled goals by Ghana in a 2-2 tie, Julieta Peralta them sealing a 4-2 penalties victory.
Canada’s clash with Germany was decided with just 7 minutes remaining, as Kaila Novak set up Jordyn Huitema to strike home.
Wednesday’s semi-finals will see New Zealand tackle Spain and then Mexico meet Canada.
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