Sweden reached the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup, defeating North Korea, 1-0, yesterday in Augsburg, Germany, on a second-half goal by Lisa Dahlkvist.
North Korea, which started five teenagers, wilted late in the game and was all but eliminated from the tournament after two losses in two games.
The United States joined the Swedes at the top of Group C - putting both teams among the last eight - by beating Colombia, 3-0, in Sinsheim.
Sweden scored in the 64th minute when Linda Forsberg crossed into the middle and Therese Sjogran picked out the unmarked Dahlkvist for a simple finish from close range.
North Korea nearly tied it in the 73d minute when Ri Un-hyang’s header from a corner kick was cleared off the line by Sara Thunebro.
“Unfortunately, we really didn’t convert the chances that we had,’’ North Korea coach Kim Kwang-Min said.
Sweden would have won by a wider margin had tall strikers Lotta Schelin and Jessica Landstrom shown a more polished finishing touch.
“Anyway, for me, it doesn’t matter. I am satisfied,’’ coach Thomas Dennerby said.
“Hopefully, we have lots of games left for the Swedish team, and they can create chances and score then.’’
For North Korea, featuring a 16-year-old midfielder in Kim Su-Gyong, it was always was going to be a challenge against an experienced and towering Swedish squad.
“They are very young and haven’t got a lot of experience,’’ Kim said.
“In the second half they had much less energy. They also lacked concentration and we didn’t convert the chances.’’
MLS Union 2, United 2 - Carlos Ruiz scored his fifth goal of the season in the 84th minute to help Philadelphia earn a draw in Washington.
Sebastien Le Toux sent a long ball down the right side to Sheanon Williams, who quickly directed a cross to Ruiz charging down the middle. Ruiz then scored from 5 yards, giving him goals in consecutive games, as the Union (7-4-6) salvaged a point despite never leading.
FC Dallas 2, Crew 0 - Brek Shea and Jackson Goncalves scored second-half goals to lift host FC Dallas over Columbus.
FC Dallas won its third straight game and goalkeeper Kevin Hartman finished with five saves for his second straight shutout and ninth of the season.
Fire 1, Chivas USA 1 - Chicago took its unbeaten streak to eight games with a draw against Chivas USA in Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA, which hasn’t won in four games, equalized seconds after halftime when Nick LaBrocca fired a shot from 20 yards out that deflected off the crossbar and into the net.
Red Bulls 2, Earthquakes 2 - New York midfielder Joel Lindpere scored the tying goal in the 85th minute to pull his team to a draw with host San Jose, the Red Bulls’ seventh tie in their last nine matches.
Sporting Times 2, Timbers 1 - C.J. Sapong and Aurelien Collin scored in the first half to lead visiting Kansas City over Portland.