Reviewing final games in Groups A, B
Germany defeated France 4-2 on Tuesday and won the highest-scoring match of this Women's World Cup so far to clinch the top spot in Group A. German legend Birgit Prinz, who had started 22 straight matches in the tournament dating back to 1995 and is the all-time leading scorer in Women's World Cup history with 14 goals, did not play against France. Inka Grings scored two goals, including the first penalty kick goal of the tournament, in place of Prinz. Germany will play Group B runner-up Japan in the quarterfinals Saturday. England defeated Japan 2-0 in Group B to win its group for the first time at the Women's World Cup. England will play France in the quarterfinals Saturday. Here is a statistical review of the final day of play in Groups A and B.
• Germany's Kerstin Garefrekes opened the scoring against France in the 25th minute with her second goal of the tournament, both of which have been on headers. Four goals, including Garefrekes's tally, were scored on headers, twice as many as in any other match at this World Cup.
• England's first shutout win at the Women's World Cup helped it win its group for the first time and kept Japan winless (0-8-1) in nine matches against European teams.
• Nigeria ended its record-tying nine-match winless streak at the Women's World Cup, as Perpetua Nkwocha's goal in the 73rd minute was enough to defeat Canada 1-0.
• New Zealand ended its eight-match losing streak, the longest in tournament history, by scoring two goals in the closing minutes to earn its first-ever point at the Women's World Cup, a 2-2 draw with Mexico.
• Canada finished fourth in Group A and failed to get a point for the first time in five Women's World Cup appearances.