Korea DPR secured their place in the quarter-finals of China
2007 despite falling to a 2-1 defeat against Sweden in Tianjin.
The Scandinavians' victory lifted them level on four points with their rivals but the North Koreans progressed thanks to their superior goal difference. While Kim Kwang-Min's side will now begin planning for a quarter-final against defending champions Germany in Wuhan on Saturday, Sweden are left to reflect on their earliest exit from a FIFA Women's World Cup.
The Swedes went into the match needing to win by three clear goals to progress and Charlotta Schelin gave them hope when she powered a header past Jon Myong Hui after just four minutes. However, the North Koreans drew level midway through the half with another of their trademark long-distance strikes, Ri Un-Suk cutting infield from the left and driving the ball high into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards.
Schelin restored the Swedes' advantage early in the second period when she surged between two red shirts and into the penalty box before sending a low shot into the corner, via a faint touch from the goalkeeper. Although Thomas Dennerby's team kept pushing forward, they failed to add to their tally, and it is the North Koreans who advance to their first quarter-final.
Player of the Match: Charlotta Schelin (SWE)