Korea DPR secures grand final spot

Korea DPR is through to the grand final of the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup 2016, underway in Port Moresby.

They defeated the United States 2-1 in the first semifinal at the Sir John Guise Stadium after 30 minutes extended time.

The Koreans, in red, scored through defender Jon Son Yon and midfielder Ri Hyang-sim.

USA, in white and blue, scored through defender Natalie Jacobs before extra time in the second half.

It was an intense match as both teams put up a good fight in the first half.

The Koreans displayed good ball control and clever techniques.

But the first attempt of the match came from USA's captain Mallory Pugh,  striking an off target kick from the left, saved by Korea DPR's goal keeper Kim Myong-sun.

The Korean's backline was too strong for USA, preventing them from scoring after two more attempted goals in the first 25 minutes.

Both teams had equal ball possesion in the first half.

Koreans beefed up attack as fowards Wi Jong Sim and Kim So-hyang attempted on target goals after the water break, but were deflected by the opponent's goal keeper Casey Murphy.

USA maintained pressure in the penalty box,  preventing Korea DPR from scoring.

Both teams struggled to score despite an additional time of 4 minutes before half-time.

In the second half, both teams came back fighting.

Korea was first to score early in the second half through Son Yon from a free penalty kick in the 49th minute.

The penalty came after a handball in the penalty box by USA's defender Ellie Jean.

USA fought back to score through defender Natalie Jacobs in the 90th minute to level the score 1-1.

The pressure was after USA scored.

Despite an additional time of seven minutes, both teams failed to deliver.

The score was locked at 1-1, which forced the game to go into an extended 30 minutes, with 15 minutes each way.

Korea DPR wasted no time when a quick set up by Sung Hyang-sim gave the opportunity for midfielder Ri Hyang-sim to extend Korea's  lead 2-1 in the 91st minute.

Korea maintained pressure in the backline throughout the remainder of the game until the final whistle.

Live Your Goals Player of the Match was awarded to Hyang-sim for her outstanding performance.


Pictures by Troy Taule and Kennedy Bani