|Germany celebrating their victory against France last Tuesday|
Japan's plan was to meet Germany first in a possible final, however, they had to win against England to fulfil this plan. As they did not win, they have now the chance to spring a surprise by kicking out the host, or to pack bags and leave the tournament.
Japan showed in their first two matches that they are capable to play in a technical adept way, their big problem is that they did not show that they are able to fight for every ball; England knew that and exploited that. Therefore, the Germany have to interrupt the Japanese play, they have to be superior to them with regard to ball possession. If they manage that, the victory will not be in danger.
The match will be seen by approximately 18 million people in Germany, that means that (theoretically) every fourth German will watch the match.
Looking at the statistics - meetings at international tournaments:
1995 in Sweden.........group stage: Germany vs. Japan 1-0
2003 in the U.S..........group stage: Germany vs. Japan 3-0
2007 in China............group stage: Germany vs. Japan 2-0
1996 in Atlanta (USA).....group stage: Germany vs. Japan 3-2
2008 in Beijing (CHN)....3rd place: Germany vs. Japan 2-0
A closer look: Quetzalli Alvarado
|Quetzalli Alvarado with the host's quarterfinal|
Alvarado, international since 2004, participated in the U17 World Cups in New Zealand in 2008 and in Trinidad & Tobago and now in Germany 2011. In Trinidad & Tobago, she whistled a quarterfinal where Germany was defeated by Korea PRK.
|Rita Muñoz (MEX)|
Mayte Chavez also serves as an assistant, is FIFA referee since 2004 and its most important achievements are the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand in 2008, the U-20 World Cup in Germany in 2010 and the U-17 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago in 2010 and now in the Women's World Cup Germany 2011.
Overview: The full appointment (match graphic by FIFA.com)
|Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg|