URAWA, Japan (AP) — Substitute Chioma Ubogagu scored early in extra time on Friday as the United States beat North Korea 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the women's under-20 World Cup, while defending champion Germany coasted to a 4-0 win over Norway to also reach the last four.
Ubogagu headed in Crystal Dunn's pass in the 98th minute to send the U.S. to a semifinal matchup with Nigeria on Tuesday. The North Koreans pressed after Ubogagu's goal but couldn't find an equalizer in the remaining 22 minutes of extra time.
"We knew it was going to be a competitive match and it was," U.S. coach Steve Swanson said. "I have a lot of respect for North Korea, they played a great game. Our players played a tremendous game and we're happy to be moving on."
Vanessa Di Bernardo gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute when she took control of a failed clearance and fired a long-range shot from 23 meters past North Korean goalkeeper O Chang Ran.
Substitute Kim Su Gyong leveled for North Korea in the 75th when she took a pass and beat U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberline with an angled shot into the top corner.
Both teams had several good scoring chances in the first half.
North Korea went close midway through the first half on a long-range shot by Jon Myong Hwa that forced Heaberlin into a diving save. The U.S. had several good scoring chances late in the first half, the best coming on a header by Morgan Brian that was just wide of the far post.
A large contingent of ethnic Koreans living in Japan occupied a section of the stadium that was separated from the other fans in attendance.