Group C - Matchday One: DPR Korea 1-4 Germany
Colonia del Sacramento: Germany dealt a blow to DPR Korea's hopes of retaining their FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup crown, earning a 4-1 win in their opening Group C tie on Wednesday.
DPR Korea had nearly twice the attempts on goal, but the Germans were far more clinical, with a superb brace from Gia Corley, who scored in ether half, underlining their ruthlessness.
The Bayern Munich forward's two goals were bookended by Charlotte Bluemel's opener and Sophie Weidauer's superb fourth, with the sole Korean strike coming from Yun Ji-hwa.
Song Sung-gwon's side began the match in a manner befitting the reigning Asian and world champions at this age level, and produced a number of early opportunities, but they were caught napping by a German set-piece routine, which ultimately led to Bluemel scrambling home the opening goal after 14 minutes.
The early concession was a blow for DPR Korea, and their task became even more arduous when the Germans found a second goal 10 minutes before half time, when some individual quality from Shekiera Martinez set up Corley, whose unerring low finish gave the East Asians a mountain to climb.
DPR Korea came flying out of the blocks immediately after half-time, but AFC U-16 Women's Championship MVP Kim Kyong-yong blasted a sitter over the bar from just five yards out, before German goalkeeper Wiebke Willebrandt produced a superb save to deny Yun moments later.
An unlikely fightback appeared possible when Yun finally got on the scoresheet after Willebrandt spilled Choe Kum-ok's initial effort in the 69th minute, but Corley responded less than a minute later with a superb effort on the turn to restore Germany's two-goal buffer.
That goal took much of the life out of the DPR Korea resistance, and their hopes were ultimately extinguished by substitute Weidauer, whose wonderful effort flew past Yun Pyol and into the top corner with six minutes remaining.
DPR Korea's title defence remains alive, but it hangs by a thread, with another defeat against the United States - who earlier beat Cameroon 3-0 - almost certain to seal an opening round elimination on Saturday.
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