Just like their first game of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Sweden were not at their best on Saturday against North Korea. However, the good news is that, just like their first game, they were able to find a way to squeak out a win by a final score of 1-0, giving them six points from two games and a likely place in the competition's quarterfinal round. North Korea, in contrast, has lost both of their first two games and now needs Colombia to beat the United States to keep hope alive.
Lotta Schelin, much hyped in the build-up to the World Cup, was once again extremely disappointing as she squandered chance after chance. Linda Forsberg and Jessica Landstrom weren't much better, as Sweden were able to create a great deal of scoring chances, but only finish one of them when they should have easily scored multiple goals. The winner came in the 65th minute, scored by Lisa Dahlkvist. Shortly after Schelin had a shot saved, a scramble saw the ball fall to Therese Sjogran, who got the ball to the finisher, Dahlkvist. That goal would be all Sweden needed to get their win.
Caroline Seger was absolutely brilliant creating chances from midfield for Sweden, but she picked up her second yellow card in as many matches and will be suspended for her team's match against the United States. The Western New York Flash star has been fantastic thus far for Sweden, and her absence will seriously cripple her team's chances of getting a good result against the USWNT.
Sweden will now advance to the knockout round if Colombia fail to win against the U.S., while nothing but a Colombia win will keep North Korea alive.