China 0-4 DPR Korea

AFC U-19 Women's Championship

AFC U-19 Women's Championship

DPR Korea signed off in style at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship with a 4-0 victory over China at Thong Nhat Stadium.

Yun Hyon-hi scored twice while Kim Un-hwa and Kim Un-ju also got on the scoresheet to seal a comprehensive victory for the Koreans.

After a hard-fought opening 20 minutes, DPR Korea took the lead when Kim Un-hyang displayed great vision as she split the China defence with a fine pass into the path of Yun and the forward slotted home with a clinical low finish.

Yun then tested Yang Yan from distance but the China keeper held her low strike before the North Koreans came close to a second goal in the 25th minute when Jo Yong-ae saw a shot smack back of the post and Kim Un-hwa put the rebound wide.

Kim Un-hwa fired too high from range and Yun headed Kim Un-hyang’s cross from the right narrowly over the bar with a minute to go before the interval.

But DPR Korea extended their lead with virtually the last kick of the half as Kim Un-hwa showed good composure to fire low into the bottom corner past Yang from inside the box.

China 0-4 DPR Korea (www.the-afc.com)

A loose pass allowed Ni Mengjie a sight of goal but her shot from distance was weak before DPR Korea netted their third goal in the 56th minute when Yun latched onto a ball down the right, pulled off a neat step over and placed the ball in the far side of the net from almost on the byline.

Yao Shuangyan’s overhead kick from Wu Haiyan’s free-kick almost brought China a goal but it was the Koreans who struck again in the 66th minute when substitute Kim Un-ju’s shot from the edge of the box found the back of the net via the inside of the far post.

China were incredibly unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet a minute later when Wang Shuang was sent clear but after expertly lobbing the onrushing O Chang Ran, she saw the ball bounce up onto the bar and over the top.

Kim Un-hyang curled a shot just beyond the far post in the 71st minute and 10 minutes later, Yao glanced a free-kick narrowly off target at the other end.

Kwon Song-hwa could have added a fifth goal in stoppage time when she raced clear down the left but after cutting inside a defender, side-footed disappointingly wide.

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