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BEIJING -- Favourites Brazil and Germany got their Olympic women's football campaigns back on track with second round wins on Saturday while Norway ensured themselves a place in the quarterfinals.
Hosts China were held to a 1-1 draw by Olympic newcomers Canada and they remain locked together at the top of Group E.
Brazil and world champions Germany, who had fought out an uninspiring scoreless opening match in Group F, recorded their first wins in their second pool matches but in contrasting fashion.
With world player of the year Marta and her strike partner Cristiane in imposing form, Brazil produced an emphatic performance in beating North Korea 2-1 in Shenyang.
Their fast-paced approach had North Korea scrambling to patch up holes in their defence and their two goals by Daniela and Marta came in the space of eight minutes, both following errors by under-pressure goalkeeper Jon Myong-Hui.
The Koreans looked more determined and settled after the interval, as the South Americans appeared to ease off, and were rewarded with a late goal by captain Ri Kum-suk.
The result puts Brazil and Germany on four points in Group F, with Brazil ahead on goals after the Germans beat Nigeria 1-0 thanks to a face-saving goal by Kirsten Stegemann.
It was a crucial win for Germany, and should ensure they qualify for the knockout rounds, but it was a performance riddled with wayward passes.
Other results: Norway 1, New Zealand 0; United States 1, Japan 0; China 1, Canada 1, Sweden 1, Argentina 0.- Sapa