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USA-RPDC 1-1 ed è passaggio del turno!

Si decide tutto nei primi 4 minuti di gioco con le due reti Jenkins e Ri Un-SIm, l’ultima sfida del girone B del mondiale femminile under-17.
Nel resto della gara la Corea ha anche diverse occasioni per chiudere la sfida in vantaggio, ma con il pareggio si porta a casa la qualificazione ai quarti.

Americane eliminate dopo il 10-2 della Francia contro la malcapitata Gambia.

Le immagini salienti:

Korea DPR setting stellar standards

Korea DPR setting stellar standards

“Korea’s reputation goes before them in this competition,” said Guy Ferrier before his France side tackled Korea DPR in Group B on Tuesday. “They’re a very disciplined team who play good football and we’ll need to be wary of them.”

As it turned out, he was right to be concerned. Les Bleuettes narrowly avoided a football lesson as they scraped through to earn a 1-1 draw, and by the end of their game their respect for their opponents was enhanced. Once again, the Asian side have come to a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in impressive shape.

“A lot of work has gone into the development of women’s football in our country,” the team’s coach Hwang Yong-Bong told by way of an explanation. “The education system in our football schools is excellent, and you can’t help but notice that that is bearing fruit. We regularly come away with good results in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.”

The same could be said of Asia in general as the continent has held a strong grip on the competition since the North Koreans won the maiden title at New Zealand 2008. Two years later, Korea Republic followed in their neighbours’ footsteps at Trinidad & Tobago 2010, where three of the four semi-finalists hailed from the Far East.

“In Asia, women’s football is still growing in popularity every year,” added Hwang. “That creates a certain competitiveness and explains why the sport is in such good health back home.”

True to form, the challengers from the Far East are turning heads again at Azerbaijan 2012. All the Asian teams won their opening games and they all remain unbeaten after the second round of matches – both feats setting them apart from every other confederation.

Korea DPR feel they should have done better against France as well. Solid at the back and highly disciplined overall, they came tantalisingly close to posting another victory. “We made too many mistakes to win that match,” said Hwang. “My players are young and lack maturity, but at least they gave everything.”

Mental strength
The Young Chollima are certainly not in the habit of throwing in the towel. Kadidiatou Diani’s equaliser for France was the fastest in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup history, coming just 80 seconds after Korea DPR had gone ahead, but Hwang’s troops quickly recovered from the blow, dusted themselves down and went looking for the win. They launched wave after wave of attack on Romane Bruneau’s goal and fell narrowly short of making the difference, despite the best efforts of four-goal Ri Un-Sim, three-goal Ri Kyong-Hyang and two-goal Ri Hyang-Sim.

“Whatever happens, our mental strength will remain our number one asset,” said Hwang, who knows that his players will need all that strength in abundance if they are to lift the trophy. “The 16 teams in the tournament are here to win, ourselves as much as anyone. We’re going to fight right up until the end. Ultimately, it will be heart which makes the difference in this tournament. You don’t get to win just because you’re favourites. We want the title.”

To keep that dream alive, the North Koreans now need to obtain a positive result against one of the most fancied sides in the competition, with their final group game pitting them against USA in Baku on Saturday. “They’re a very strong team, but I’m staying optimistic,” said Hwang. “I’m convinced that my players will put in a better performance than against France.”

Given that Korea DPR went on to clinch the title after their last meeting with USA at this level – a 2-1 triumph in 2008 – he may also be hoping for an omen.

AFC U16: eliminati dal Giappone

Superati con un netto 3-0 dal Giappone, i ragazzi under-16 coreani sono costretti ad abbandonare il torneo fin dal girone eliminatorio.
Il girone D, vero e proprio girone di ferro con Arabia Saudita, SudCorea e Giappone, si è rivelato troppo forte per la nazionale della RPDC, che arrivava al torneo da campione in carica.
Oltre ai nipponici hanno passato il turno i sudcoreani.

Mondiale Under-17 femminile: buon pareggio contro la Francia (1-1, Ri Un-Sim e Diani), che permette alle ragazze di Hwang Yong Bong di mantenere il primo posto del girone, a pari merito con gli Stati Uniti (che hanno vinto 6-0 contro il Gambia). Nell’ultima sfida del girone (sabato 29) contro le americane, basterà un pareggio, sperando in una dignitosa prestazione della difesa gambese (deve subire meno di 11 reti..) per passare il turno.

AFC U16: riscatto per i giovani allenati da Paek Kil-Song che superano per 2-1 i sauditi (reti di RI RYONG e RI KWANG-SONG), raggiungendo a 3 punti il Giappone (battuto 3-1 dai sudcoreani). Tutto si deciderà nella sfida di giovedì contro i nipponici.

Due partenze in senso opposto

Mondiale femminile Under-17:
partenza folgorante per le giovani coreane che surclassano il Gambia con 11 reti.
Mattatrici Ri Un-Sim, Ri Hyang-Sim e Ri Kyong-Hyang con 3 reti.

Questi i gol:
Choe Yun-Gyong 18′
Ri Un-Sim 19′, 31′ (pen.), 34′
Ri Kyong-Hyang 20′, 63′, 77′
Kim Phyong-Hwa 44′
Kim So-Hyang 68′
Ri Hyang-Sim 87′, 90+1′

Nell’altra sfida del girone: Francia-Usa 0-0

Campionato asiatico under-16
Brutta partenza per l’U16 che subisce un duro 3-0 nel derby contro la SudCorea. Decisiva la tripletta di Hwang Hee-Chan.
Si complica ora il girone per i campioni in carica, nel quale il Giappone ha superato 2-0 l’Arabia Saudita.

DPRK′s Amnokgang Sports Team

DPRK′s Amnokgang Sports Team

Pyongyang, September 18 (KCNA) — The Amnokgang Sports Team in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is greeting its 65th birthday.

The Team was formed on September 19, Juche 36 (1947) with athletes who participated in the 1st World Festival of Youth and Students.

It has made a big contribution to demonstrating the nation’s dignity and honor over the past 65 years.

The Team clinched some 430 gold medals in Olympiads, world championships and other international tournaments.

Jong Song Ok, a DPRK Hero, won the title in the women’s marathon of the 7th World Track-and-Field Championship.

Sin Kum Dan broke world records for 11 times at international women’s track-and-field tournaments, including the 1st GANEFO.

A boxer Ku Yong Jo took the gold in the 21st Olympiad, wrestler Kim Il in the 25th and 26th Olympiads, wrestler Ri Hak Son in the 25th Olympiad, weightlifter Pak Hyon Suk in the 29th Olympiad and weightlifter Om Yun Chol in the 30th Olympiad.

Ri Song Hui rose to fame as a “woman of muscle” at the 15th and 16th World Women’s Weightlifting Championships and paddlers Ri Pun Hui and Pak Yong Ok distinguished themselves in international table-tennis tournaments.

Hong Myong Gum, O Kum Hui and Ri Un Hyang of the Team played key roles in making the DPRK win in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The Amnokgang Sports Team garnered more than 500 trophies and 20 000 odd medals in domestic sports contests, including Mangyongdae Prize Sports Games and national championships.

Honored with the Order of Kim Il Sung twice, the Team boasts of seven DPRK Heroes and Labor Heroes, more than 100 People’s and Merited Sportspersons and over 440 aces.

Hong Sok Yong, head of the Team, told KCNA that it would make a bigger contribution to exalting the nation’s reputation. -0-