Top scorer Ri Un Sim maintained her shooting rhythm by netting two goals in DPR Korea's 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup here on Thursday.
Both DPR Korea and Canada missed several chances in the first half, Choe Yun Gyong was free to catch Ri Hyang Sim's cross from far post but she headed straight into Canadian goalie Kailen Sheridan on 27th minute.
DPR Korean coach Hwang Yong Bong strengthened attack on the right wing by sending two players Jon So Yon and Kim Phyong Hwa up on the field in 33rd and 36th minute. Summer Clarke could have rewritten the result in 61st minute but her effort was rejected by DPR Korean goalkeeper Rim Yong Hwa and the bar behind.
Ri Un Sim, one of only two players to have scored in all three group stage matches, headed in at the back post from Ri Hyang Sim's right side pass in 78th minute. Just nine minutes later, Ri broke loose Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan to shoot in her seventh goal in the tournament.
Though Nichelle Prinice's injury-time goal failed to relieve the pain from the tearful girls, Canadian head coach Bryan Rosenfeld was satisfied with the result.
"I'm proud of my players. They showed a lot of characters. They fought to the last minute. It's Canadian traditions. It's part of their DNA," said Rosenfeld, who appeared for the 11th time in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup leading Canada, second with the most matches behind Japan's Hiroshi Yoshida.
DPR Korea will face either Germany or Brazil in the semifinals. Reigning European champions Germany are the only nation never to have lost a FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup group match, while their Friday's opponent suffered from waving forms to enter their quarterfinals.