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
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.