Norway, Canada record Cup wins

Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2003

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) Norway cranked up its offense in time for an expected shot at the United States in the Women's World Cup.

Norway beat South Korea 7-1 Saturday, just three days after losing to Brazil 4-1, and probably will face the United States in a quarterfinal Wednesday night in Foxboro.

''We've beaten the U.S. before and it's possible to do it again,'' said Dagny Mellgren, who had two goals for Norway.

That happened in the semifinals of the 1995 World Cup and Norway went on to win the tournament. The United States won the other two World Cups in 1991 and 1999.

Norway hardly looked like a threat in last Wednesday's flop against Brazil.

''We wanted to show the world, especially the Norwegians, that we're better than we played in the Brazilian game,'' Norway coach Age Steen said.

Norway finished second in Group B to Brazil. Norway will play the United States on Wednesday as long as the Americans beat or tie North Korea on Sunday. Norway is the only team in the World Cup with a winning record against the Americans.

In Saturday's Group C game, Canada beat Japan 3-1 after going 0-4-2 in its other two World Cups and losing its opener this year. Its second straight win put it in the quarterfinals.

''Today wasn't Canada at its best,'' said coach Even Pellerud, who led his native Norway to the 1995 World Cup championship. ''But it was the best (we've played) in the tournament.''

Canada, which finished second in Group C, will play Thursday in Portland. The opponent will be the Group D winner, either Russia or China, who meet today in Portland.

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