Korea DPR delivered a passing master class to advance to the final of the U-17 Women’s World Cup for the second time in their history with a convincingly 2-1 victory over Germany.
Two goals either side of half-time by forward Kim So Hyang, were enough to see the Asians past a tenacious German side.
Korea DPR looked dangerous from the get go, coming close to opening the scoring in the first minute with Kim So Hyang heading just wide.
Korea, who have impressed with their technical play, took little time to slot into their smooth passing game and started to give Germany a rough ride as they struggled to measure any authority or control over possession.
The Asians were mesmerizing their European opponents with their kaleidoscopic passing passages of play, and seemed to be opening them up at will. Kim Phyong Hwa shooting over after some good build up play on the 11th minute, before Kim So Hyang shot wide after a mazy run by Choe Yun Gyong, just moments later.
Korea continued knocking on the door, with Ri Un Sim shooting wide after a root one ball from the back. Ri Hyang Sim then shot over from six yards with the goal gaping after a scramble in the box, as Korea DPR cranked up the heat on the German defense.
The pressure finally told in the 39th minute, with Korea finally getting the goal they were seeking. Some good passing play by Korea created an opening for Choe Chung Bok to shoot, a German defender intercepted the Korea DRP captain’s effort, but in the process diverted the ball into the path of striker Kim So Hyang, who made no mistake slotting past Frohms to give her side a deserved lead at the half.
Germany’s task was soon made doubly difficult, with Kim So Hyang claiming her second of the game just two minutes after the restart. The number twenty took advantage of a defensive mix-up, racing between the German backline before lobbing the ball past the outrushing Frohms.
The Europeans, to their credit did not, did not fold and managed to cut the deficit in half on the 59th minute. Rebecca Knaak heading in a Theresa Panfil free kick to get give Germany a life-line.
But the goal was all the Europeans could conjure up, and as game neared the end it was Korea who looked the more likely to score.
Korea DPR will now be reunited with fellow Group B qualifer France in Saturday’s final, who beat Ghana earlier in the day.