Canada rises above North Korea to advance to quarterfinals

Canada's Janine Beckie celebrates during a U-20 World Cup game against North Korea at Olympic...

Canada's Janine Beckie celebrates during a U-20 World Cup game against North Korea at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2014. (SEBASTIAN ST-JEAN/QMI AGENCY)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

The North Koreans had been impenetrable.

Prior to Tuesday night, they were machine-like — emotionless, even.

On maximum points following back-to-back wins over Ghana and Finland, the Koreans knew they were through to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. Canada, however, still had a lot to do.

Ghana’s win in Group A’s other fixture meant the Canadians needed to hold on in Montreal on Tuesday night. Janine Beckie’s opener in the 65th minute put the hosts up a goal with qualification in sight.

This after looking all but out of the competition last Friday after trailing Finland 2-0 at halftime.

Since then, however, things have been different. The Canadians have scored four unanswered goals while looking solid as can be in defence.

And that’s what they had to be up a goal late against mechanical North Koreans.

Had Canada conceded late, it would have failed to advance on home soil.


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