US advances to semifinal at women’s U20 World Cup

The United States beat North Korea 2-1 Friday to advance to the

semifinals of the women’s under-20 World Cup, while defending

champion Germany coasted to a 4-0 win over Norway.

U.S. substitute Chioma Ubogagu scored early in extra time,

connecting on a header off Crystal Dunn’s pass in the 98th


The U.S. will play Nigeria in the semifinals on Tuesday, while

Germany will play Japan.

The North Koreans pressed after Ubogagu’s goal but couldn’t tie

it in the remaining 22 minutes of extra time.

”We knew it was going to be a competitive match and it was,”

U.S. coach Steve Swanson said. ”I have a lot of respect for North

Korea, they played a great game. Our players played a tremendous

game and we’re happy to be moving on.”

Vanessa Di Bernardo gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute

when she took control of a failed clearance and fired a long-range

shot past North Korean goalkeeper O Chang Ran.

Sub Kim Su Gyong tied it for North Korea in the 75th when she

took a pass and beat U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberline with an

angled shot into the top corner.

Germany, bidding to become the first team to win consecutive

titles, took control against Norway with three goals in the first

20 minutes.

Japan’s senior team beat Germany 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the

2011 World Cup before defeating the U.S. to claim the title.