Sweden in tough against North Korea

After labouring to a win over Colombia, Sweden has a point to prove when it takes on North Korea Saturday at the Women's World Cup (Rogers Sportsnet, CBCSports.ca, 7:45 am ET).
Jessica Landstrom scored the lone goal in Sweden's 1-0 win over Colombia. (Martin Meissner/Associated Press)

Day 7, Match 13

North Korea vs. Sweden, Group C

Date and Location

July 2, Impuls Arena, Augsburg, Germany

Broadcast details

Live on Rogers Sportsnet and CBCSports.ca (7:45 am ET). Consult the full broadcast schedule.

What's at stake

Sweden laboured to a 1-0 win over Colombia, so they have something to prove in this match. A victory would put the Swedes on course for another quarter-final appearance, while a draw would leave them in good shape, too. It really is do or die for North Korea, who looked solid in a 2-0 loss to the United States. Three points is a must — a draw would leave them headed into their final game against Colombia not in complete control of their destiny.

Setting the stage

It is a pivotal game for both countries in the battle for precious points in Group C. With the Americans expected to top the section, it's a match neither can afford to lose.

For the third successive Women's World Cup, North Korea and Sweden have been drawn in the same group. The Scandinavians have the edge, historically, having beaten the Koreans in 2003 and 2007.

The Swedes will hope their physical advantage and well drilled defence will give them the edge. The Koreans will rely on a swifter, possession oriented style. As in previous meetings, a single goal either way may prove decisive.

Player to watch for North Korea

Jo Yun Mi — A skilful playmaker, Jo Yun-Mi possesses sublime skills on the ball, and is noted for her accurate passes and for creating dangerous scoring opportunities for her teammates.

Player to watch for Sweden

Jessica Landstrom — The lanky forward was named the player of the match in Sweden's 1-0 win over Colombia after carving out a number of chances and scoring the winner from close range in the 57th minute.

The Swedish perspective

"We’ve already had the chance to watch this team closely. Korea DPR like to counter-attack with pace, particularly down the right hand side. They’re going to try to disturb our rhythm of play, so we’ll have to avoid that. They’re very strong physically and blessed with pace," Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby told FIFA.com.

World Cup head-to-head

Sweden defeated North Korea 1-0 and 2-1 in the group stages of the 2003 and 2007 tournaments.