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Pretinha, Sissi each net three goals in Brazilís 7-1 rout of Mexico.

Brazil 2, Italy 0
First Round
Group B

CHICAGO, Ill. (Thursday, June 24, 1999) -- Sissi scored twice more and Maravilha stopped a penalty kick as Brazil clinched a quarterfinal berth with a 2-0 victory over Italy at Soldier Field.

Although it was not as crisp an effort as their opener, the win put Brazil in control of the "Group of Death" with six points. Brazil is in position to avoid a quarterfinal matchup with the Unites States by winning Group B if the Americans as expected win Group A.

It's a great feeling, but it's not quite there yet," coach Wilson de Oliveira said. "We still have another phase to complete. We're going to look forward to Sydney, and keep playing here."

Brazil meets Germany in its final first-round game against Germany on Sunday in Washington and to decide their quarterfinal round placement.

It only tooks 3 minutes for Sissi to establish herself as the leading scorer in the tournament as she blasted a shot past goalkeeper Giorgia Brenzan.

Italy had a chance to equalize in the 33rd minute when Patrizia Panico was tripped in the penalty area and was awarded a penalty kick. Captain Antonella Carta took the kick, but Maravilha made a diving hand save to her right. Rita Guarino headed the rebound over the net. On two other occasions, Maravhilha was rescued by her defense as she collided with other players.

The missed kick continued the Italians' misery in international competition. The most famous penalty miss came in the 1994 World Cup final in Los Angeles when Roberto Baggio's wayward attempt in a shootout gave Brazil the Cup.

Sissi scored her fifth goal of the tournament in the 63rd minute as the heat and humidity took its toll on the Italians.

"I am disillusioned," Brenzan said. "We thought we could tie, if not win. Missing the penalty kick weighed heavily on us."

Brazil 2
Italy 0
Brazil - Sissi (4) 3;
Brazil - Sissi (5) 63.

Lineups: Brazil - Maravilha, Elane, Nene (Juliana 89), Tania, Suzana, Marisa, Cidinha, Sissi, Raquel (Formiga 46), Katia (Maicon 75), Pretinha; Italy - Giorgia Brenzan, Luisa Marchio, Daniela Tavalazzi, Anno Duo', Roberta Stefanelli, Adele Frollani (Damiana Deiana 55), Manuela Tesse, Frederica D'astolfo (Silvia Fiorini 58), Antonella Carta, Patrizia Panico, Rita Guarino.

Shots: Brazil 12, Italy 12. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Brazil 12, Italy 12. Fouls: Brazil 17, Italy 15. Offside: Brazil 2, Italy 2. Yellow card caution: Brazil - Suzana 35, Tania 74, Nene 84, Italy - Anna Duo' 13, Frederica D'astolfo 21, Rita Guarino 71.

Referee: Gitte Lyngo Nielsen (Denmark). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: at Soldier Field, in Chicago, Ill. Weather: n/a.

North Korea 3, Denmark 1
First Round
Group A

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jo Song Ok scored one goal and had an assist as North Korea upset Denmark, 3-1, at Civic Stadium.

The victory put North Korea (1-1-0 in Group A) into second place in front of Nigeria (1-1-0) due to goal differential. Nigeria beat North Korea on Sunday 2-1, but the Nigerians were blasted 7-1 by the U.S. women tonight in Chicago. North Korea has a plus-1 goal differential, Nigeria minus-5.

"Yes, we are quite energized by the victory," said North Korea coach Kim Hak Yong. "We are pleased with the overall individual play of our team. We have won the game today, but the Danish team is not weak. We put forth a good effort."

North Korea struck first when Ok made a pass into the goalkeepers' box between two Danish defenders to Jin Pyol Hui, forcing Denmark's 'keeper Dorthe Larsen out of position. Larsen failed attempting to make a sliding save, leaving Hui to tap the ball into a open net in the 15th minute for the early 1-0 lead.

Denmark had a chance to tie the game, but Lene Revsbeck Jensen's free kick hit the right crossbar after beating North Korea Goalkeeper Kye Yong Sun in the 30th minute.

Up 1-0, North Korea Jo scored in the 39th minute when she beat a defender and shot a hard liner over the outstretched arms of Larsen into the upper left corner to give North Korea a 2-0 lead.

Christina Petersen also hit the crossbar for Denmark before the end of the first half.

North Korea put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute, when Kim Kum Sil controlled the rebound of a corner kick and fired a shot past Larsen to make it 3-0.

"We were not good enough in defense and we allowed the North Koreans to counterattack," said Denmark's coach Jorgen Hvidemose. "We were not sharp in our attack. We missed shots and we had two hit the crossbar."

Denmark averted the shutout two minutes later as Janni Johansen, who came in as a substitute to start the second half, scored. She dribbled to beat a defender into the goalkeeper's box and punched a soft shot into the net past Sun, who came forward to challenge.

With the two losses and a minus-5 goal differential, Denmark became the first team to be eliminated from quarterfinal contention.

"We are very disappointed," added Hvidemose. "We came to the World Cup to make a good performance and have not. We thought we could make it through to the quarterfinals."

North Korea lost midfielder Pak Jong Ae, who was ejected in the 86th minute after getting her second yellow card of the game. She will miss North Korea's final group match against the United States.

A win by North Korea over the United States at Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Sunday would provide a quarterfinal berth. Denmark completes its group play against Nigeria the same day at Washington.

North Korea 3
Denmark 1
North Korea - Jin Pyol Hui (1) 15;
North Korea - Jo Song Ok (2) 38;
North Korea - Kim Kum Sil (1) 72;
Denmark - Janni Johansen (1) 74;

Lineups: North Korea - Kye Yong Sun, Yun In Sil, Kim Sun Hui (Kim H ye Ran 46), Ri Ae Hyong, Kim Kum Sil, Sol Yong Suk, Pak Jong Ae, Ri Hyang Ok, Jin Pyol Hui, Ri Kum Suk, Jo Song Ok; Denmark - Dorthe Larsen, Katrine Pedersen, Gitte Krogh, Lene Jensen Revsbeck (Janni Johansen 46), Jeanne Axelsen, Louise Hansen, Janne Rasmussen, Merete Pedersen (Mikka Hansen 63), Lene Terp, Marlene Kristensen (Hanne Christensen 9), Lene Jensen Revsbeck (Janni Johansen 46).

Shots: North Korea 10, Denmark 23. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: North Korea 4, Denmark 3. Fouls: North Korea 19, Denmark 14. Offside: North Korea 1, Denmark 0. Yellow card caution: North Korea - Kim Sun Hui 34, Pak Jong Ae 49, Ri Kum Suk 81, Jo Song Ok 83, Pak Jong Ae 86, Denmark - Lene Terp 36. Red card ejection: North Korea - Pak Jong Ae (second yellow card) 86.

Referee: Martha Pardo Toro (Colombia). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 20,129 at Civic Stadium, in Portland, Ore. Weather: n/a.

Germany 6, Mexico 0
First Round
Group B

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Inka Grings recorded the third hat trick of the competition as Germany outclassed Mexico, 6-0, in a Women's World Cup Group B match at Civic Stadium.

The German team outshot Mexico 43-2. A win or a tie against their final opponent of the first round, Brazil, will put them in the quarterfinals. In a persistent rainstorm, every German player, with one exeception, had a shot.

"We are very happy with the win and by this margin," said German coach Tina Thuene-Mayer. "We wanted to score goals to prove our seed in this group. The pitch made for sloppier play, but we proved we are contenders."

Grings scored first, 10 minutes into the game, as she volleyed a shot off inside the right post off a Doris Fitschen header across the middle of the crease.

Sandra Smisek put Germany up 2-0, in injury time as she knocked a rebound into an open net.

The second half of the game was no different, as Ariane Hingst, Renate Lingor added second-half goals in addition to Grings completing her hat trick in injury time.

As a sign of a one-side game, Monica Gonzalez recorded Mexico's first shot in the 63rd minute, Maribel Dominguez had the only one on target, moments before the final whistle.

Quinones was busy, making 14 saves, many of them of the spectactular variety. But it did not prevent Mexico from being the second team to be officially eliminated from the quarterfinals.

"I think we are here to learn," said Mexico coach Leonard Cuellar. "It's tough to take defeats in a positive way. The players are disappointed, but we have to be relistic. We came here for experience."

Germany 6
Mexico 0
Germany - Inka Grings (1) 9;
Germany - Sandra Smisek (1) 45;
Germany - Ariane Hingst (1) 49;
Germany - Inka Grings (2) 58;
Germany - Renate Lingor (1) 88;
Germany - Inka Grings (3) 90.

Lineups: Germany - Silke Rottenberg, Ariane Hingst, Steffi Jones, Doris Fitschen, Sandra Minnert, Sandra Smisek, Bettina Wiegmann (Melanie Hoffmann 69), Maren Meinert (Renate Lingor 64), Pia Wunderlich, Inka Grings, Brigit Prinz (Claudia Muller 75); Mexico - Lenny Quinones, Susy Mora, Patricia Perez, Lisa Nanez, Fatima Levya, Laurie Hill, Denise Ireta, Monica Vergara (Monica Gerardo 62), Andrea Rodebaugh (Monica Gonzalez 57), Gina Oceguera, Maribel Dominguez.

Shots: Germany 43, Mexico 2. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Germany 18, Mexico 0. Fouls: Germany 11, Mexico 11. Offside: Germany 4, Mexico 0. Yellow card caution: Germany - Maren Meinert 21, Mexico - none.

Referee: Im Eun Ju (Korea). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 20,129 at Civic Stadium, in Portland, Ore. Weather: n/a.

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