Sweden's Dahlkvist sinks Korea DPR
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A goal midway through the second half from midfielder Lisa Dahlkvist earned Sweden a 1-0 victory over Korea DPR in a tight Group C encounter in Augsburg.

Bright sunshine greeted the teams, who were both unchanged for this fixture, on to the pitch, with Kim Kwang Min keeping faith in the starting 11 which lost 2-0 to USA in Dresden.

It was Sweden who had the game's first chance as early as the second minute, when Lotta Schelin broke clear and ran into the box before her left-footed shot flew just over the crossbar. In a mirror image, Korea DPR's Kim Su Gyong, also her team's No8, produced a shot with the same foot which also missed the target four minutes later.

A full 13 minutes elapse befored the next opportunity arose. It came for the North Koreans, who seemed to be growing in confidence as the half progressed. Song Jong Sun’s right-wing cross was headed towards goal by Kim Su Gyong, but her effort lacked direction and consequently failed to trouble Hedvig Lindahl.

The crowd needed something, despite a Mexican wave to get them off their seats, and it came in the 29th minute when Sweden captain Caroline Seger threaded a delightful pass to Schelin, who broke into the box but struck the side-netting with just the keeper to beat.

A few minutes before the interval, Dahlkvist set up Jessica Landstrom, who blazed a shot over from 30 yards. The first 45 minutes yielded just two shots on target with both teams doing a fine job in containing each other.

Sweden could and possibly should have taken the lead just five minutes after the restart, when Charlotte Rohlin’s long ball from the back was latched on to by Schelin, who unselfishly passed to Dahlkvist. However, with just the keeper to beat, the midfielder failed to control the ball and Hong Myong Hui was able to turn it out for a corner.

The Scandinavians went close again in the 55th minute when Sara Thunebro’s inswinging corner from the right was not properly dealt with by the Korean defence. The ball fell to Dahlkvist on the box, but her goal-bound effort was blocked.

However, Dahlkvist was not to be denied in the 64th minute when Linda Forsberg’s excellent cross from the left was acrobatically teed up by Sjogran into the path of the Gothernburg midfielder, who made no mistake from close range.

Conceding the opener gave the North Koreans a renewed sense of purpose, and they could so easily have drawn level when Thunebro headed Ri Un Hyang’s shot off the line from Jo Yun Mi’s corner. Korea DPR gave Sweden a few nervous moments in the closing stages of the game, winning a flurry of corners, but they ultimately came to nothing.

Kim Kwang Min’s side now face Colombia in Bochum on Wednesday, at the same time as Sweden battle it out with USA for top spot in Group C in Wolfsburg. However, they will have to do so without Seger, their influential captain who picked up her second booking of the tournament during this match.

Player of the match: Caroline Seger (SWE)