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4. RUSSIA '06: USA moves into U-20 quarterfinals
August 25th, 2006 3:46PM
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The USA captured first place in Group D at the 2006 U-20 Women's World Championship with a 1-0 win over France Thursday at Moscow's Dynamo Stadium.

Virginia forward Jessica Rostedt scored the game-winner with a dipping shot from 20 yards in the 61st minute to move the Americans into the quarterfinals. They face  Group C second-place finisher Germany, the 2004 U-19 world champion, on Sunday at Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg. The USA-Germany clash is a rematch of the 2004 U-19s semifinals that Germany won, 3-1, in Thailand.

UCLA's Val Henderson, the third player to start in the U.S. goal in three games, came up big with key saves on Bleuettes Elodie Thomis, Sabrina Belannoy and Amandine Henry.


Aug. 26 in Moscow
  • Renata Costa is playing in her fourth world championship for Brazil.
  • The Falconets advanced with an 8-0 win over Finland (after putting 33 shots on goal).

  • Elena Danilova, the hosts' best player, was discovered at 11 running track.
  • China knocked out Canada with a 1-0 win on Ma Xiaoxu's fourth goal of the tournament.

  • Aug. 27 in St. Petersburg
  • The surprise Koreans won all three group games, by a margin of 10-0.
  • French star Louisa Necib is nicknamed "ZZ" after Zinedine Zidane, like her raised in Marseilles to Algerian parents.


  • U.S. striker Lauren Cheney is back after missing the first two games with an abdominal strain.
  • Celia Okoyuno da Mbabi, born to a Cameroonian father and French mother, starred on Germany's '04 U-19 team.

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