The city of Augsburg traces its origins to the military base of Augusta Vindelicum in the year 15 BC, which was used by the Roman generals Drusus and Tiberius to quell the Alpine and Celtic peoples. With so much history off the pitch, it is fitting that Match 14 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ takes place between two teams with plenty of history on it.
*Korea DPR - Sweden, Saturday 2 July, Augsburg, 14.00 CET (local time) *
*These two teams have met in the last two editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with Sweden edging both encounters by a single goal margin. They won 1-0 thanks to a seventh minute goal from Victoria Svensson in Philadelphia eight years ago, while a Lotta Schelin brace helped them on their way to a 2-1 success in Tianjin at China 2007.
Both matches ultimately determined which of the two teams would go through to the knockout phase. In 2003 the Swedes qualified as group runners-up, three points ahead of the east Asians by virtue of that victory. However, in 2007 despite the result, Korea DPR progressed on account of their superior goal difference.
Sweden and Korea DPR also met last year in Augsburg during the group stages of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with the Blagult triumphing 3-2 with current squad members Sofia Jakobsson and Antonia Goransson scoring on that day.
The Scandinavians also go into Saturday’s game with their tails up after defeating Colombia 1-0 in Leverkusen. Korea DPR must bounce back after losing 2-0 to USA – the only defeat of more than a single goal in the first round of group stages matches at Germany 2011.
*1- Sweden come into this game after winning their opening fixture at a FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in six attempts. They had previously lost four times – against Brazil, China PR and twice against USA – while in 2007 they drew with Nigeria.
*“We’ve already had the chance to watch this team closely. Korea DPR like to counter attack with pace, particularly down the right hand side. They’re going to try to disturb our rhythm of play, so we’ll have to avoid that. They’re very strong physically and blessed with pace,” *Thomas Dennerby, Sweden coach. *
"We're not too frustrated about the loss to USA. We are focused on doing better against Sweden. I know that the two teams met in 2007, but this team now has had a lot of changes. We're quite an inexperienced side. We know that Lotta Schelin is an important player for them so we will try to contain her. We want to get a result to make the people back home happy,"* Kim Kwang-Min, Korea DPR coach*