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Germany beats Japan 3-0 with size, aggression

Associated Press
Published September 25, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Birgit Prinz scored twice as Germany beat Japan 3-0 Wednesday night to take the lead in Group C of the Women's World Cup.

Sandra Minnert added a goal as Germany became the only team in the group with two wins. Japan was coming off an opening 6-0 victory over Argentina.

The Germans used their height advantage and played aggressive defense. Every time Japanese forward Homare Sawa touched the ball she was bumped and pushed by two or three defenders.

CANADA 3, ARGENTINA 0: Christine Latham scored twice in a three-minute span and Canada earned its first-ever Cup victory in Columbus, Ohio. Charmaine Hooper added a goal off a penalty kick. Argentina has not scored in two games and cannot advance past the first round. Canada was winless in seven Cup games, though the team earned a tie in each of the past two tournaments.

BRAZIL 4, NORWAY 1: South American flair beat Scandinavian brawn as the upset in Washington put Brazil in the lead of Group B. Daniela and Rosana scored goals in the first half, and Marta and Katia netted in the second half for a Brazilian team that surprisingly controlled the flow against the physical play of the 2000 Olympic champions. The win all but assured Brazil a place in the quarterfinals. Norway's hopes hinge on a game against South Korea on Saturday.

FRANCE 1, SOUTH KOREA 0: Marinette Pichon, last year's MVP in the WUSA, kept France alive, scoring in the 84th minute in Washington. It was the first Cup goal for France, which lost 2-0 in its debut Saturday against Norway. France is tied for second in Group B with Norway, with a final first-round game against Brazil on Saturday. Pichon played for the WUSA's Philadelphia Charge and scored 14 goals in 18 games in '02.

NIKE SUIT: Nike sued soccer's world governing body, saying it is entitled to use "USA 2003" to promote the U.S. women's team despite claims it violates trademark rights. The Beaverton, Ore.-based company said it wanted to take pre-emptive action because FIFA threatened to sue.

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