29 Jun 2011

North Korean boss blames World Cup loss on lightning strike

10:39 am on 29 June 2011

North Korea's coach has blamed his side's 2-nil loss to the United States on his players getting struck by lightning in the build up to the Women's football World Cup in Germany.

Kwang Min Kim claimed that some of them were hospitalised with electrocution after a training match earlier this month.

Tournament favourites United States recovered from a slow start to to take maximum points in their Group C opener.

In today's other Group C match, Jessica Landstrom's 57th-minute goal earned Sweden a 1-nil win over Colombia.

Before the match, Columbia's reserve keeper Yineth Varon was suspended after failing a drugs test taken at the weekend.