Canada in tough against intriguing North Koreans

Canada's Rebecca Quinn gets pushed down by Finland's Adelina Engman during their game at BMO Field...

Canada's Rebecca Quinn gets pushed down by Finland's Adelina Engman during their game at BMO Field last week. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

TORONTO - North Korea’s footballing principles are akin to the Hermit Kingdom’s principles at-large.

“Very organized, very disciplined and very collective in attack and defending with great numbers,” Canadian bench boss Andrew Olivieri said a day before Canada’s women meet North Korea in Montreal.

With Group A at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup still very much hanging in the balance, Canada meets one of soccer’s great anomalies in a match it can’t afford to lose.

Understanding what goes on inside North Korea is as an educated guess as there is.

Understanding what the country has to offer between the lines is just as perplexing, maybe more so.

“Like I said, they have a lot of quality and are consistent throughout the game so they don’t make many mistakes,” Olivieri added. “It’s just up to us to capitalize on mistakes when they do make them.


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