FIFA U20 Women's World Cup : DPR Korea vs USA - Quarterfinal
The matches Korea DPR-USA, Toronto, 16 August 2014, 17.00 local time No-one has won the U-20 Women's World Cup more often than USA, and the CONCACAF champions arrived at this edition widely tipped to lift the trophy for a fourth time. An opening match defeat to Germany cast doubt on such predictions, but Michelle French's side have steadily improved since and produced their best performance yet in the 3-0 win over China PR that took them through.
The Americans' run of form finds its direct contrast in that of opponents Korea DPR, who safely negotiated their first two matches only to conclude their Group A campaign with defeat to Canada. But though Hwang Yong-Bong made no secret of his unhappiness at that performance, he will be boosted by the return of talisman Ri Un-Sim, who was rested against the hosts due to a minor injury. The outcome could well depend on whether it is Ri or Lindsey Horan - the teams' respective top scorers - who emerges as the decisive figure in this tough-to-predict encounter.