The heat is on for European heavyweights Sweden, who must win their final group match by at least a three-goal margin to avoid relying on the outcome of the other Group B fixture between Nigeria and USA. Korea DPR, meanwhile, need just a point to ensure their place in the last eight.
A tense finish seems guaranteed in Group B, where all four teams are still in the hunt for the two available quarter-final berths. Korea DPR have the edge on Tuesday's opponents, a draw being enough for them to progress, whereas 2003 losing finalists Sweden must win by at least three goals so as not to be dependent on events elsewhere.
The Koreans have enjoyed a storming start to the competition, exhibiting a potent combination of speed, teamwork, set-piece mastery, tactical discipline and technical ability. Kim Kwang-Min's gifted charges followed up an impressive 2-2 draw with favourites USA with a clinical 2-0 success over Nigeria.
The Swedes, meanwhile, have struggled. Having leaked a late equaliser in a 1-1 opening draw with the African champions, their mistakes proved costly in the 2-0 reverse against the USA. Indefatigable forward Victoria Svensson's finishing has been awry thus far, while fellow front-runner Hanna Ljungberg will need better service from the likes of Charlotta Schelin in midfield to prevent an embarrassing early exit.
Both coaches have full-strength squads from which to choose.
Sweden and Korea DPR have faced each other on two occasions, with the Scandinavians winning 1-0 both times. The first match was a friendly in 2002, the second taking place at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 where experienced striker Svensson grabbed the winner.
Korean defender Jang Yong-Ok turns 25 on the eve of the game, and three points would be the ideal belated birthday gift.
Our next game against Sweden will be very tough, but we're ready to take them on. We haven't sealed qualification yet so we're obliged to play to win, there's no other way - Kim Kwang Min, Korea DPR coach.
Luck's not been on our side and we've only got one point in the bag. But we'll do everything in our power to get back on track and try and win our third group match. If we can do that then anything is possible - Thomas Dennerby, Sweden coach.