WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, China

Referee: Christine Beck

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North Korea Women

  • Un Suk Ri 23'

1 - 2

FT

Sweden Women

  • Charlotta Schelin 4'
  • Charlotta Schelin 54'

Sweden 2-1 North Korea: Korea into quarters

TIANJIN, China -- North Korea advanced to the quarterfinals

of the Women's World Cup, finishing second in Group B despite

losing 2-1 to Sweden on Tuesday.

North Korea and Sweden finished tied with four points each, but

North Korea advanced due to a better goal difference. Sweden needed

to win by at least three goals to advance.

Charlotta Schelin scored both goals for the Swedes, who played

to a 1-1 tie against Nigeria in their opening game of the group -- a

result that ultimately cost the 2003 World Cup finalists a

quarterfinal place.

Sweden scored in the fourth minute when Therese Sjogran sent a

cross to Schelin in front of the goal. The 5-foot-10 Schelin

towered over a North Korean defender and easily headed the ball

into the back of the net.

North Korea tied it in the 22nd after being awarded a free kick.

The Koreans caught the Swedish defenders off guard on the play as

Ri Un-suk ran a few steps and launched a long-range shot just under

the crossbar.

Schelin burst between two defenders in the 54th minute to score

the winning goal. Keeper Jon Myong-hui got a hand on the ball but

it dribbled into the back corner of the net.

Sweden played more than half the game without star striker Hanna

Ljungberg, who finished the World Cup without a goal. She came off

the field after some heavy tackling just before halftime left her

and teammate Karolina Westberg writhing side by side.

Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stopped numerous shots in the

second half to preserve the lead, but Sweden was unable to break

through the Korean defense late to find the goals needed for a

quarterfinal berth.