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A loss to Germany

The Korean U-17 women’s football team lost to Germany 3-0 to finish second in its group and will play Nigeria for a place in the semifinals on Friday at 5 a.m. (Korea time).

Having secured a place in the quarterfinals by handily defeating South Africa and Mexico in their first two games, some top Korean players did not start against the dominant German squad, which managed to score 22 goals in its three Group B matches.

Yeo Min-ji was substituted into the match close to the final whistle while Kim Da-hye did not receive any playing time.

Shin Dam-yeong, leader of the Korean defensive line entered the game at the 61st minute of the match.

In contrast, the German lineup featured its top players, including their three leading tournament goal scorers - Kyra Malinowski (seven goals), Lena Petermann (five goals) and Lena Lotzen (four goals).

Korea came out using a defensive strategy against an offensively strong German squad.

Although Korea was able to hold off the Germans without a single goal in the first half, the Korean squad - which looked sluggish as the game wore on - ended up allowing three goals in the second half.

Nigeria defeated Chile 5-0 and finished on top of Group A with a 3-0 record with 10 goals for and three against. Nigeria is currently the second highest scoring offense in the tourney. North Korea, which finished second in Group A with two wins and one loss, will face Germany in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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