Germany eliminated the USA by a 3:1 score in the Semifinals of the 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship at the Suphachalasai Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday.
The Germans opened the scoring in the 11th minute of the first half with a goal by Annike Krahn, but the stars & stripes leveled the match (1:1) after an own goal by Krahn five minutes later.
In the second half, Melanie Behringer and Patricia Hanebeck scored in the 69th and 82nd minutes, respectively for Germany in the 3:1 final score.
This is the second consecutive FIFA Women's World Competition that Germany eliminates the USA from reaching the finals, as the stars & stripes fell 3:0 to the eventual champion Germans at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Semifinals. COMPLETE STORY
The USA will now face Brazil, which lost 2:0 to China in the semifinals also on Wednesday, in the third-place match at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on Saturday (27 November), while Germany will look for the "Women's Double" as they face China for the U-19 Crown.
2004 FIFA UNDER-19 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
24.11.2004: Bangkok, THAILAND; Suphachalasai Stadium (A: 10500)
GERMANY - USA 3:1 (1:1)
Annike KRAHN 11'; Melanie BEHRINGER 69'; Patricia HANEBECK 82' - OG 16'
GER: Tessa Rinkes - Peggy Kuznik, Anne Van Bonn, Annike Krahn, Karolin Thomas, Melanie Behringer (76: Angelika Feldbacher), Anja Mittag, Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi, Simone Laudehr, Elena Hauer, Patricia Hanebeck. Booked: none
TD: Silvia NEID
USA: Ashlyn Harris - Rachel Buehler, Sheree Gary, Stephanie Lopez, Megan Rapinoe, Stephanie Logterman, Angie Woznuk, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alexa Orand (81: Jessica Rostedt), Amy Rodriguez, Meagan Holmes. Booked: none
TD: Mark KRIKORIAN
R: Anna DE TONI (ITA)
27.11.2004: Bangkok, THAILAND; Rajamangala National Stadium (16:00)
USA - BRAZIL
Photo #1 - Germany, from Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
Photo #2 from Apichart Weerawong/AP