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Yawn. U-20 Women Win Their Group, Again.

It wasn’t the high-scoring affair many expected, but Sydney Leroux reclaimed a share of the goal-scoring lead netting her fifth of the Women’s U-20 World Cup and leading her team to a 1-0 victory over South Korea today.

Ji So-Yun sat out the first half but her performance in the second half forced a great save by Bianca Henninger to protect the lead.  If these two teams meet up again in the knockout stage, expect a tremendous match.

Picture and statistics after the break…

As you can see, even in a match where South Korea wants to rest its better players and the U.S. needs only a draw to advance, things can get a little rough:
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Of course, statistically speaking, the game wasn’t nearly as rough as the picture would suggest:

Korea Republic (KOR) Stats USA (USA)
7 Shots 9
3 SOG 5
0 G 1
3 FC 9
9 FS 3
2 CK 7
0 / 0 PKs/G 0 / 0
2 Offsides 1
0 YC 0
0 RC 0
34 APT 26
56% Poss% 44%

In other words, the teams combined for just 60 minutes of Actual Playing Time.  And the U.S. put five shots on goal in just 26 minutes.  That’s a fair pace.  And after watching the World Cup, a match without a single yellow card is just strange.  Understandable given that both teams expect to be in the Final, but still just a strange stat to see after the World Cup.

The U.S., winners of Group D, will face Group C’s second-place squad, Nigeria, on July 25.

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