AUGSBURG, Germany -- Sweden reached the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup, defeating North Korea, 1-0, yesterday on a second-half goal by Lisa Dahlkvist.
North Korea, which started five teenagers, wilted late in the game and was all but eliminated from the tournament after two losses in two games.
Sweden scored in the 64th minute when Linda Forsberg crossed into the middle and Therese Sjogran picked out the unmarked Dahlkvist for a simple finish from close range.
North Korea nearly tied it in the 73rd minute when Ri Un-hyang's header from a corner kick was cleared off the line by Sara Thunebro.
"Unfortunately, we really didn't convert the chances that we had," North Korea coach Kim Kwang-Min said.
Sweden would have won by a wider margin had tall strikers Lotta Schelin and Jessica Landstrom shown a more polished finishing touch.
"Anyway, for me, it doesn't matter. I am satisfied," coach Thomas Dennerby said. "Hopefully, we have lots of games left for the Swedish team, and they can create chances and score then."
For North Korea it was always was going to be a challenge against an experienced and towering Swedish squad.