Beckie, Canada Advance After 1-0 Victory Over North Korea

Janine Beckie scored her second goal so far in the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Tuesday evening. The goal helped push Canada to a 1-0 victory over North Korea and into a quarterfinal match against Germany.

Aug. 12, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior Janine Beckie scored one of the most memorable goals of her young career Tuesday evening to send Canada past North Korea, 1-0, and into the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Beckie, starting for the second time in the tournament, connected on the game-winning goal in the 65th minute, propelling Canada past the pool page portion of the tournament in front of its home crowd of more than 13,000 fans at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

It was the second goal in as many matches for Beckie, who scored the first in three goals this past Tuesday as Canada overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to top Finland, 3-2, and keep its World Cup chances alive. She also provided the game-winning assist in the come-from-behind victory.

Beckie was once again a catalyst for a Canadian squad that was on the brink of mathematical elimination against Finland and now advances to the knockout stage following its victory over North Korea.

Her goal was set up by a near-perfect Amandine Pierre-Louis cross from the right side of the box that sailed over the North Korea defense and found a wide open Beckie near the far post. Beckie, who had several close shot attempts earlier in the match, had to stay onside to knock in the game-winner that put Canada roughly 25 minutes from defeating the 2006 U-20 World Cup Champions.

With the victory, Canada advances past the Group A stage and into a quarterfinal match-up with Germany, the Group B winner, that will be played Saturday evening in Toronto. North Korea claimed the top spot out of Group A based off goal differential.

Canada was forced to close out the victory over North Korea in order to advance as a loss or draw would have allowed Ghana to move on to the knockout stage following its 2-1 victory over Ghana.

Beckie leads Canada with two goals so far in the World Cup. She is one of 11 players through three matches to record two or more goals in the tournament.




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