COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO, Uruguay – The United States dropped a 3-0 decision to a strong North Korea side in the second Group C match for both teams at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup Sunday.
The 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup champions scored on three of their five corner kicks in the match.
The loss meant the Americans likely will face a must-win scenario against Germany in its group finale in Montevideo Wednesday (3 p.m. ET on FS2 and telemundodeportes.com) to advance to the quarterfinals.
After a strong performance in the opener against Cameroon, the U.S. ran into a committed North Korean team which, despite handily outshooting Germany, was stung by a 4-1 loss to the European power in its first game.
Although the USA had a slight edge in possession, the physical Koreans did far more with the ball and were on the front foot for most of the match.
The U.S. defense held strong during the run of play, backed by another excellent game from goalkeeper Angelina Anderson, but set plays proved to be the USA’s downfall as the Koreans tallied all of their goals off corner kicks.
Ri Kum Hyang scored after a scramble in the penalty area in the 25th minute.
Kim Yun Ok scored off a header in the 32nd minute and Kim Kyong Yong put the game away seven minutes into the second half.
The first two goals came off Korea DPR’s first two corner kicks of the game.