Korea beat Nigeria 1-0 in women’s football

August 6th, 2008 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Shenyang (Northeast China), Aug 6 (Xinhua) Asian champions North Korea edged their African counterparts Nigeria 1-0 in the women’s football match of the Beijing Olympic Games here Wednesday. The North Koreans dominated the entire match and the African champions rarely posed any threat to the Asian champions.

In the 42nd minute, Ri Kum Suk was hauled down inside the box and the DPR Koreans had a chance to consolidate their lead. But Ri Kum Suk missed the target from the spot.

“We came into the game according to our plans,” said Nigerian coach Joseph Ladipo. “Our aim is to win the game but unfortunately that didn’t happen.”

“I hope and I believe, next match against Germany will be a different match.”

After beating Nigeria and topping the group rankings, the North Korean are looking forward to next matches.

In another match, Norway beat United States 2-0

Norway surprised the US only two minutes into the match. Leni Larsen Kaurin opened the scoring with a header when American goalie Hope Solo bumped into defender Lori Chalupny.

Melissa Wiik added the second two minutes later when she dinked the ball to Solo’s right hand corner.

The Americans staged more attacks in the second half, but failed to convert any of them as their shots were either wide open or denied by the goalkeeper.

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