CHENGDU, China -- North Korea defeated Nigeria 2-0 Friday in
the Women's World Cup, giving Asia's top team four points after two
games and a shot at making the quarterfinals.
North Korea, which drew 2-2 in its opener against top-ranked
United States, was swarming Nigeria from the start and took a lead
in the 17th minute when Kim Kyong-hwa scored directly from a
corner. The arcing ball swerved over the head of Nigeria keeper
Precious Dede, who leaped but failed to stop the shot.
The Koreans scored again four minutes later -- again off a
The team's top striker, Ri Kim-suk, nudged the ball home in a
scramble in the box.
The Unites States and North Korea each have four points and
identical goal difference and goals scored in Group B, leaving the
top spot in the group to be decided in the final round of group
games. The U.S. faces Nigeria and North Korea meets Sweden on
Nigeria and Sweden have one point after two games. The top two
teams advance in the group.
Sweden must win and overtake the Koreans on goal difference to
reach the quarterfinals.
North Korea dominated possession throughout the game. However,
after the early goals, the North Koreas were held in check by the
five-time African champions.