Germany Reaches Cup Semifinals

Associated Press
Sunday, September 23, 2007

Defending champion Germany was too strong for North Korea, winning 3-0 yesterday in Wuhan, China, to reach the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.

Germany hasn't allowed a goal in this World Cup, recording its fourth straight shutout.

Kerstin Garefrekes, Renate Lingor and Annike Krahn scored as Germany wore down North Korea and booked a match with the winner of today's Norway-China quarterfinal.

In the first half, the North Koreans broke up German attacks, preventing the Europeans from establishing a rhythm. At the other end of the field, stout German defense held off repeated challenges.

"We worked in defense quite well," German Coach Silvia Neid said. "It started in midfield where we didn't let them have a lot of space to move the ball and they couldn't create a lot of chances, so that was key to the game."

Garefrekes put Germany ahead in the 44th minute, outmaneuvering three defenders to launch a left-foot shot from 15 yards that swerved past the fingertips of goalie Jon Myong Hui and inside the left post.

Lingor then widened the margin in the 67th minute with a goal from 12 yards out, after a nifty one-two exchange with Sandra Smisek. Krahn added another five minutes later, knocking in a corner kick with her right hip.

First-Place Arsenal Rolls

Arsenal routed Derby, 5-0, behind Emmanuel Adebayor's three goals to remain in first place in the Premier League.

Abou Diaby and Adebayor scored in the first half at Emirates Stadium in London. Adebayor then completed his hat trick with goals sandwiched around one by Cesc Fabregas. Fabregas has scored in six straight games. Arsenal has 16 points, four more than Liverpool.

Crew Rallies Past Toronto

Jason Garey and Jacob Thomas scored second-half goals and the visiting Columbus Crew (7-9-10) posted a 2-1 victory that snapped its winless streak at seven games and extended Toronto FC's skid to 11 games. Miguel Canizalez scored in the second minute for Toronto (5-14-6), ending the team's scoreless drought at 824 minutes.

RED BULLS 2, REVOLUTION 2: Juan Pablo Angel's goal in the 84th minute helped host New York (11-10-5) salvage a tie with New England (13-6-7), which got two goals from Taylor Twellman.

REAL SALT LAKE 1, RAPIDS 0: Kyle Brown scored in the 30th minute to give Real Salt Lake (5-13-8) a win over visiting Colorado (7-11-8).

CHIVAS 2, WIZARDS 1: Ante Razov's goal in injury time lifted Chivas USA (14-6-5) to a victory over Kansas City (10-10-6) in Carson, Calif.

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