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Women's World Cup: Norway beat South Korea to progress into last 16

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Highlights: South Korea 1-2 Norway

Norway reached the last 16 of the Women's World Cup and eliminated South Korea after scoring a penalty in each half in Reims.

The result also clinched second spot in Group A for the Norwegians behind France, who eventually beat Nigeria, while South Korea go home without a point.

Caroline Graham Hansen found the bottom corner from the penalty spot early on, after West Ham's Cho So-Hyun had tangled with Chelsea's Maria Thorisdottir in the box at a corner.

New Barcelona signing Graham Hansen was later caught in the area and this time Isabell Herlovsen struck home from the spot, before Yeo Min-ji turned in a late consolation from close range.

South Korea, who had to win on Monday to have any chance of progressing, have endured three losses out of three for the second time in their three World Cup finals appearances, but Yeo's goal gave their fans something to celebrate after nearly 260 minutes without a goal.

The main downside to Norway's relatively solid night was that Graham Hansen had to be withdrawn, hurt after the foul led to their second goal, and they will hope she is fit in time to face the runners-up in Group C in Nice on Saturday.

The 1995 champions, who have featured in all eight editions of this tournament, are through to the knockout stages for a seventh time and look to be among the better-organised sides at the back.

Teams in the last 16 of the Women's World Cup
EnglandItaly
GermanyFrance
The NetherlandsCanada
SwedenUSA
JapanNorway
SpainChina

Ranked 12th in the world and two places above South Korea, Martin Sjogren's side were led by Chelsea's defensive duo Maren Mjelde and Thorisdottir.

They did well to resist plenty of pressure from South Korea - for whom Chelsea's Jo So-Yun in midfield was key - before Lee Geum-min's clever flick found Yeo in the area to turn in for 2-1.

Lee then almost curled in an equaliser, but her effort from a tight angle was well saved by Ingrid Hjelmseth - who also held Ji's first-half shot from long-range - before Cho headed agonisingly wide in stoppage time.

Group A completed table showing France top with nine points, Norway second with six points, Nigeria third with three points and South Korea bottom with zero points

'We had a bad day today'

On the knock sustained by Barcelona's Caroline Graham Hansen, Norway head coach Martin Sjogren told BBC Sport: "We want to have her back. We'll see how the injury is tomorrow.

"It's extremely important to get her back but she's a tough woman and our medical staff are also good people.

"But I believe she will be back. She's a tough player."

Graham Hansen said: "I couldn't continue but the doctors are positive that it will be OK.

"The Koreans played a very good match. They were a lot better than we expected.

"We had a bad day. We have to do better, but I'm so proud we're going to the [next round] now."

South Korea coach Yoon Dukyeo: "As head coach I'd like to apologise for not getting the result we expected.

"We've had three matches and we've seen how the European players have progressed in such a fast manner.

"I hoped that our players could also quickly develop and make progress.

"In order for that to happen we need to make more effort."

100-up for Minde - stats

  • South Korea have lost eight of their 10 Women's World Cup matches (W1 D1 L8)
  • Norway have won their final group stage match in seven of their previous eight Women's World Cup tournaments (W7 D0 L1), with three of those wins coming against Asian nations - 4-0 v Japan in 1999, 7-1 v South Korea in 2003 and 2-1 v South Korea in 2019.
  • Graham Hansen's opening goal for Norway was the quickest goal scored at this World Cup.
  • Norway scored two penalty kicks, only the sixth time a team has netted two-plus spot-kicks in a Women's World Cup game, but the second at the 2019 edition of the tournament (also Spain v South Africa).
  • Kristine Minde made her 100th appearance for Norway, the fifth player in the current squad to hit that milestone.

Line-ups

South Korea

  • 18Kim
  • 16Jang
  • 14Shin
  • 5Kim
  • 2LeeSubstituted forJeongat 79'minutes
  • 17Lee
  • 8ChoBooked at 4mins
  • 23KangSubstituted forLeeat 66'minutes
  • 9MoonSubstituted forKangat 82'minutes
  • 13YeoBooked at 85mins
  • 10Ji

Substitutes

  • 1Kang
  • 3Jeong
  • 4Hwang
  • 6Lim
  • 7Lee
  • 11Jung
  • 12Kang
  • 15Lee
  • 19Lee
  • 20Kim
  • 21Jung
  • 22Son

Norway

  • 1Hjelmseth
  • 2Wold
  • 6Mjelde
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 17Minde
  • 10HansenSubstituted forMaanumat 54'minutes
  • 8Risa
  • 14Engen
  • 16Reiten
  • 11UtlandSubstituted forSaevikat 45'minutes
  • 9HerlovsenSubstituted forThorsnesat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hovland
  • 5Hansen
  • 7Thorsnes
  • 12Fiskerstrand
  • 13Asland
  • 15Eikeland
  • 18Maanum
  • 19Redisch Kvamme
  • 21Saevik
  • 22Nautnes
  • 23Bogstad
Referee:
Marie-Soleil Beaudoin
Attendance:
13,034

Match Stats

Home TeamSouth KoreaAway TeamNorway
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home22
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Korea Republic 1, Norway 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Korea Republic 1, Norway 2.

Attempt missed. Yeo Min-Ji (Korea Republic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Geum-Min with a cross.

Foul by Lee Geum-Min (Korea Republic).

Ingrid Moe Wold (Norway) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Mi-na (Korea Republic).

Frida Maanum (Norway) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Shin Dam-Yeong.

Yeo Min-Ji (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vilde Risa (Norway).

Attempt blocked. Frida Maanum (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karina Saevik.

Booking

Yeo Min-Ji (Korea Republic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yeo Min-Ji (Korea Republic).

Maria Thorisdottir (Norway) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cho So-Hyun (Korea Republic).

Vilde Risa (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lee Geum-Min (Korea Republic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

Substitution

Substitution, Korea Republic. Kang Yu-mi replaces Moon Mi-Ra.

Cho So-Hyun (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karina Saevik (Norway).

Foul by Yeo Min-Ji (Korea Republic).

Ingrid Hjelmseth (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Geum-Min (Korea Republic).

Frida Maanum (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Korea Republic. Jeong Yeon-Ga replaces Lee Eun-mi.

Goal!

Goal! Korea Republic 1, Norway 2. Yeo Min-Ji (Korea Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Geum-Min with a through ball.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Lee Eun-mi (Korea Republic).

Attempt missed. Lee Geum-Min (Korea Republic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ji So-Yun following a set piece situation.

Shin Dam-Yeong (Korea Republic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Elise Thorsnes (Norway).

Attempt blocked. Ji So-Yun (Korea Republic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moon Mi-Ra.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Elise Thorsnes replaces Isabell Herlovsen.

Lee Mi-na (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karina Saevik (Norway).

Hand ball by Ingrid Moe Wold (Norway).

Substitution

Substitution, Korea Republic. Lee Mi-na replaces Kang Chae-Rim.

Lee Eun-mi (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karina Saevik (Norway).

Attempt blocked. Lee Geum-Min (Korea Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yeo Min-Ji.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France33007169
2Norway32016336
3Nigeria310224-23
4South Korea300318-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany33006069
2Spain31113214
3China31111104
4South Africa300318-70

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy22007166
2Brazil21015323
3Australia21014403
4Jamaica200208-80

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22003126
2Japan21102114
3Argentina201101-11
4Scotland200224-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands22004136
2Canada22003036
3Cameroon200214-30
4New Zealand200203-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA2200160166
2Sweden22007166
3Chile200205-50
4Thailand2002118-170
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