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Change of tactics made all the difference, says DPR Korea's Son

Chonburi: DPR Korea head coach Son Sung-gwon has revealed that a change of tactics proved crucial as his team eased into the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 after Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Vietnam.

Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession throughout the first period, Son’s charges failed to find the net against a battling Vietnam side at the IPE Stadium.

However, a tweak in approach made all the difference after the break as the 2007 winners went on to score three times and assure themselves a place in the next round after Australia defeated hosts Thailand 3-1 in Group A’s other fixture.

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Despite his team ultimately going through to the competition’s knockout stage, Son was quick to express concern about his team’s inability to find the net in the first 45 minutes, pointing out that the half-time intervention was key to their goal bonanza.

Group A: Vietnam vs DPR Korea

“The players were given their instructions before the game, but they were not executed as planned. As a result, we could not find the target.

“We [therefore] analysed the first-half statistics and set-up in a new way to find a breakthrough. Our plan worked as we scored three goals.”

O Si-nae, who started the game against Vietnam but came off just before the break, was delighted with the result and attributed the victory to a superb team effort.

“I’m happy with the result, it was a team effort,” said the midfielder.

"In the first half we received a bit of pressure from Vietnam. But in the second half, we worked together to get the result."

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