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United States Defeats North Korea to Win Group A; Quarterfinals Next


BOSTON (Sunday, June 27, 1999) - The United States completed an undefeated run through Group A with a 3-0 victory over Korea DPR, officially advancing them to the quarterfinals, eliminating Korea DPR, and giving Nigeria second place in the group.

After Korea DPR held them scoreless in the first half, the U.S. turned on their offense in the second half and scored three goals. Shannon MacMillan, who got her first start of the tournament on Sunday, scored the United States' first goal in the 56th minute and added assists on two goals by Tisha Venutrini. Those two players, as well as defenders Tiffany Roberts and Sara Whalen, were part of a new lineup for coach Tony DiCicco, who chose to rest several starters with the United States comfortable with their chances of winning the group. Michelle Akers and Kate Sobrero did not play while Tiffeny Milbrett and Julie Foudy were halftime substitutes.

The United States maintained possession well in the first half with their new lineup, but could not get the timing of their runs in sync well enough to beat the Korea DPR defense. Korea DPR kept attacking after MacMillan's goal - a 19-yard blast to the near post, off an assist from Foudy - and nearly equalized before Venturini extended the U.S. lead with a diving header in the 68th minute, beating the 'keeper to a cross from MacMillan, who served a pass from Milbrett across the goal from the left side. Korea DPR kept attacking, forcing some brilliant saves from U.S. goalkeeper Briana Scurry, who posted her second shutout of the tournament. Venturini's second goal was again assisted by MacMillan. MacMillan sent a free kick into the box from the left side, which Venturini again headed into the Korean net.

The United States outscored their opposition 13-1 in their unbeaten run through the first round, getting goals from eight different players - two each from Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Milbrett and Venturini - and an own-goal by a Nigerian player.

The United States faces a difficult quarterfinal match against Germany - the only top seed not to win their group. They face one another on Thursday in Washington, D.C. (7:00 p.m. ET / ESPN) in the first match of a doubeheader also featuring the game between Brazil and Nigeria (9:30 p.m. ET / espn2).

1999 U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Participants:U.S. Women's National Team vs. Korea DPR Women's National Team
Competition:1999 FIFA Women's World Cup / Group A
Venue:Foxboro Stadium (Boston, Mass.)
Date:Sunday, June 27, 1999
Attendance:50,484

Scoring Summary:1st2ndFinal
United States
033
Korea DPR
000

USA - Shannon MacMillan, (Foudy), 56,
USA - Tisha Venturini, (MacMillan), 68,
USA - Tisha Venturini, (MacMillan), 76.

Lineups:
USA - 1-Briana Scurry, 4-Carla Overbeck (Capt.), 5-Tiffany Roberts (3-Christie Pierce, 73), 6-Brandi Chastain, 7-Sara Whalen, 8-Shannon MacMillan, 9-Mia Hamm (11-Julie Foudy, 46), 12-Cindy Parlow (16-Tiffany Milbrett, 46), 13-Kristine Lilly, 14-Joy Fawcett, 15-Tisha Venturini.

KOR - 18-Sun Kye Yong, 2-In Sil Yun, 3-Song Ok Jo, 4-Sun Hui Kim, 5-Sun Hye Kim, 6-Yong Suk Sol, 7-Hyang Ok Ri, 10-Kum Sil Kim (Capt.), 12-Hye Ran Kim, 13-Ae Gyong Ri (17-Kyong Hui Yang, 71), 15-Pyol Hui Jin (11-Jong Ran Jo, 61).

Statistical Summary:USAKOR
Shots . . . . . . . . . .
249
Corner Kicks . . . . .
71
Fouls . . . . . . . . . .
1114
Offside . . . . . . . . .
02

Misconduct Summary:
KOR
Sun Hye Kim (caution)8,
KOR
Song Ok Jo (caution)24,
KOR
Kum Sil Kim (caution)74.

Officials:
Referee:
Katriina Elovirta(Finland)
Assistant Referee:
Maria Roman Rodriguez(Mexico)
Assistant Referee:
Cleidy Mary Nunes Riberio(Brazil)
Fourth Official:
Martha Toro Pardo(Columbia)

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