Norway progressed to the knockout stages of the Women's World Cup after scoring a penalty in each half as they held off South Korea for a 2-1 Group A victory at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims.

Monday's win saw them finish runners-up behind hosts France, who advanced with maximum points after a narrow 1-0 win over Nigeria.

Norway got on the scoresheet with the earliest goal of this year's finals so far as new Barcelona signing Caroline Graham Hansen picked out the bottom-left corner with a fifth-minute spot-kick after Cho So-hyun brought down Maria Thorisdottir.

South Korea had numerous chances to draw level and they began to dominate soon after the opener as Yeo Min-ji had a header saved before Kang Chae-rim fired wide and Ji So-yun was also denied before the break.

But Kang conceded her side's second penalty of the match six minutes after the break for a foul on Hansen and Isabell Herlovsen made no mistake as she slotted home from the spot to double Norway's lead.

Opening scorer Hansen succumbed to her injuries moments later following the collision and was replaced by Frida Maanum.

Yeo pulled one back for South Korea with 12 minutes remaining as she tapped Lee Geum-min's assist home for their first goal of the tournament.

She headed wide at the death with a chance to go level but Norway held on as their opponents failed to record a point in the group stage and go home from France empty-handed.

Next up, Norway face the runners-up of Group C - Brazil or Australia - in the round-of-16 on Saturday.