01 September 2012
Extra-time herartbreak for DPR Korea
Saitama: DPR Korea were knocked out of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup after Chioma Ubogagu scored in extra-time to give the USA a 2-1 victory over the East Asians.
The USA, who defeated the North Koreans 2-1 in the 2008 final in Chile, broke the deadlock seven minutes into the second-half at the Komaba Stadium through a spectacular long-range drive from Vanessa Di Bernardo.
But with quarter-of-an-hour left to play Kim Un-hwa's short pass unlocked the American defence to allow Kim Su-gyong to level for DPR Korea, champions in 2006 after a 5-0 hammering of China in Russia.
With neither side able to add to their tally the match went into extra-time and the decisive moment came eight minutes into the first period when Ubogagu – a 71st minute substitute for Maya Hayes – headed home Crystal Dunn's cross to send the two-time champions through to the semi-finals where they will meet Nigeria.