Group B - MD2: China PR 0-4 DPR Korea
Chonburi: DPR Korea continued their fine start to the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019, overpowering China PR 4-0 to win their second Group B match at IPE Chonburi Stadium on Thursday.
Four goalsocerers found the net in another convincing display of power and precision from the defending champions.
The win, which follows a 10-0 victory over Vietnam on Monday, keeps DPR Korea in top spot in Group B, although their place in the semi-finals is still yet to be confirmed with one match remaining.
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Losses to DPR Korea had derailed four consecutive Chinese AFC U-16 Women’s Championship campaigns, and there were few early signs that Chan Yuen Ting’s class of 2019 would succeed where their elders had failed as the Koreans took control.
With Ham Ju-hyang regularly involved, and China pinned back in their own half, DPR Korea held a clear ascendancy, dictating terms and hitting the upright through a deflected Hong Song-ok strike in the 17th minute.
It came as little surprise, then, when DPR Korea opened the scoring 10 minutes later, with Ham’s delivery from the left wing smartly bundled in by a tumbling Kim Chung-mi as Hwang Yong-song’s side took a well-deserved lead.
Myong Yu-jong and Kim Mye-yong hit the crossbar within seconds of each other as DPR Korea sought to extend their lead, but the woodwork merely delayed the inevitable as Myong turned on a dime before finding the top corner with a terrific strike to make it 2-0 in the 37th minute.
The DPR Korea striker would have doubled her tally before half-time had it not been for a one-on-one stop from Luo Yo with the goalkeeper’s effort in the dying moments keeping China within range at the interval.
While they succeeded in temporarily restricting DPR Korea to long range efforts after the break, it was a strike from distance which extended China’s deficit, as a speculative drive from skipper Sin Pom-hyang skidded on the wet surface and into the net at the hour mark.
Luo continued her personal mission to deny Myong a brace with another point-blank save, but she could do nothing to stop a final goal from Hong, whose sensational 25-yard strike completed a training ground corner-kick routine with seven minutes remaining.
While China were well beaten on the day, their campaign is far from over, and they still stand a good chance of advancing to the semi-finals provided they can defeat Vietnam in their final group stage match on Sunday, while simply avoiding defeat against Korea Republic will be enough for DPR Korea to advance as group winners.
Hwang Yong-song, DPR head coach
“I’m very satisfied with the result of the match. We had many meetings where we discussed the strategies needed to win this match. I emphasised to the players that we needed to focus on having the ball and maintaining possession for most of the time. I also told the players not to pull back and to press from the front line. They were the main aspects I emphasised.
Chan Yuen Ting, China PR head coach
“For sure, if we look at the result, it’s a big disappointment because it was 4-0, but DPR Korea is very strong and they performed very well, so they deserve these three points and they deserve to get into the semi-final. To be honest, I think the girls did their best, so I am satisfied with their performance. We can make less mistakes, but it is a youth team and mistakes can happen. It’s time to forget this and focus on our next game, where we will try our best and work hard to get the three points to get to the semi-final.”
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