Powerhouse Germany rout USA

Germany have made a statement of intent at Japan 2012 by defeating long-term rivals USA 3-0 with a impressive display in Miyagi.

Despite the fact it was a dead-rubber for Germany who already assured of a last eight berth, the Europeans inflicted a worst-ever defeat for USA at a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

USA, conversely, went into the match requiring a draw to be guaranteed of progress, although third-placed China PR needed to make up an eight-goal deficit.

Despite that backdrop it was Germany who slowly gained a stranglehold, before eventually storming to an unassailable lead with a three quickfire goals either side of half-time.

Lena Lotzen bagged a double, while Melanie Leupolz iced the cake ten minutes after coming on at the break.

Victory confirmed Germany’s spot as group winners, while USA, after suffering their heaviest defeat at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, are consigned to second in Group D.