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Penalty heartbreak for DPR Korea

Saturday, November 24, 2018
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Colonia Del Sacramento: DPR Korea's FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup reign came to an end after the East Asians lost 3-1 to Spain on penalties after their quarter-final finished 1-1 after 90 minutes at the Estadio Alberto Suppici on Saturday.

There wasn't much that separated the two sides in the first half initially, but Spain grew into the match and produced a few chances before the break.

In the 40th minute, captain Eva Navarro broke through on goal and had a one-on-one opportunity but chipped her shot just wide of the Korean net.

Three minutes later Paola Hernandez produced a fiercely-hit shot, forcing DPR Korea goalkeeper Yu Son-gum into making an acrobatic save.

Spain continued to knock on DPR Korea's door in the second half through chances from Salma Paralluelo and Irene Lopez but it was Claudia Pina who finally broke the deadlock.

Pina pounced on a poor clearance by Pak Hye-gyong and finished from close range to give La Roja the lead. However it would be one that was short-lived.

DPR Korea responded with an equaliser three minutes later when Kim Kyong-yong headed in a shot over Spain's keeper Cataina Coll from a corner kick.

Paralluelo had a chance to win the game at the conclusion of stoppage time, but Yu Son-gum came up with a crucial save to send the game to penalties.

Coll made amends after conceding the equaliser and saved DPR Korea's first two penalty kicks to ultimately lead Spain to victory, with Nerea Nevado producing the winning penalty.

Spain will face New Zealand, who defeated Japan in their quarter-final, at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo on Wednesday

Sources:, FIFA via Getty Images