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AFC U19 femminile: 2° posto!!!

Prova di forza per le ragazze coreane che superano con un rotondo 4-0 la nazionale della Repubblica Popolare Cinese. 

Vittoria che vale solo per il prestigio, perchè nell'altra sfida del girone il Giappone batte 6-0 il Vietnam e si conferma al primo posto, conquistando il titolo continentale.

Questa la classifica finale:

JAPAN 13 3 10  13
DPR KOREA 13 3 10  12
CHINA P.R. 7 8 -1  8
AUSTRALIA 7 12 -5  3
VIETNAM 5 21 -16  0


Ho Chi Minh City: DPR Korea signed off in style at the AFC U-19 Women's Championship with a 4-0 victory over China at Thong Nhat Stadium.

Yun Hyon-hi scored twice while Kim Un-hwa and Kim Un-ju also got on the scoresheet to seal a comprehensive victory for the Koreans.

After a hard-fought opening 20 minutes, DPR Korea took the lead when Kim Un-hyang displayed great vision as she split the China defence with a fine pass into the path of Yun and the forward slotted home with a clinical low finish.

Yun then tested Yang Yan from distance but the China keeper held her low strike before the North Koreans came close to a second goal in the 25th minute when Jo Yong-ae saw a shot smack back of the post and Kim Un-hwa put the rebound wide.

Kim Un-hwa fired too high from range and Yun headed Kim Un-hyang's cross from the right narrowly over the bar with a minute to go before the interval.

But DPR Korea extended their lead with virtually the last kick of the half as Kim Un-hwa showed good composure to fire low into the bottom corner past Yang from inside the box.

A loose pass allowed Ni Mengjie a sight of goal but her shot from distance was weak before DPR Korea netted their third goal in the 56th minute when Yun latched onto a ball down the right, pulled off a neat step over and placed the ball in the far side of the net from almost on the byline.

Yao Shuangyan's overhead kick from Wu Haiyan's free-kick almost brought China a goal but it was the Koreans who struck again in the 66th minute when substitute Kim Un-ju's shot from the edge of the box found the back of the net via the inside of the far post.

China were incredibly unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet a minute later when Wang Shuang was sent clear but after expertly lobbing the onrushing O Chang Ran, she saw the ball bounce up onto the bar and over the top.

Kim Un-hyang curled a shot just beyond the far post in the 71st minute and 10 minutes later, Yao glanced a free-kick narrowly off target at the other end.

Kwon Song-hwa could have added a fifth goal in stoppage time when she raced clear down the left but after cutting inside a defender, side-footed disappointingly wide.

Sin satisfied with final showing

Ho Chi Minh City: DPR Korea boss Sin Ui-gun was pleased to see his side end their AFC U-19's Women Championship campaign on a positive note following an impressive 4-0 victory over China at Thong Nhat Stadium.

Yun Hyon-hi scored twice while Kim Un-hwa and Kim Un-ju also got on the scoresheet to seal a fourth triumph in five games and second place in Vietnam for the Koreans.

"Yes, I am quite satisfied about today's match," said Sin.

"We could show our full way of playing today, we could show our full strategy."

DPR Korea took the lead when Kim Un-hyang split the China defence with a fine pass into the path of Yun and the forward slotted home with a clinical low finish.

They extended their advantage with virtually the last kick of the first-half as Kim Un-hwa showed good composure to fire low into the bottom corner from inside the box.

DPR Korea then pulled away in the second period as Yun grabbed her second with a fine finish from near the byline and Kim Un-ju rifled in the fourth from the edge of the box.

Despite the comprehensive nature of the victory and also sealing a place in next year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Uzbekistan, Sin was nonetheless not overly enthused by DPR Korea's showing in Vietnam.

"I do not think it was successful for us as we aimed to win the championship," he added.

China also had an outside chance of lifting the trophy but the defeat put paid to any hopes of that occurring.

Instead, they had to settle for third place but enjoyed the consolation of also booking their ticket to the U-20 World Cup next year.

"Because we have domestic league matches when we get back to China, the players were maybe afraid of getting injured or something," said boss Yin Tieshing.

"They did not dare to attack and defend so the result is not so good. DPR Korea took advantage of their power and they have a very strong sense of teamwork.

"This is the first time we have qualified recently for the U-20 World Cup, though, so we will prepare a lot to try to do well."

Title triumph a long shot says Sin

Ho Chi Minh City: Coach Sin Ui-gun conceded he does not hold out much hope that DPR Korea can snatch the AFC U-19 Women's Championship trophy from Japan's grasp when they face China in their final game at Thong Nhat Stadium.

A 2-1 defeat to Japan in their previous encounter means the Koreans need to beat China and hope their East Asian rivals slip up against bottom side Vietnam if they are to win the tournament.

"Tomorrow (Sunday) we will play as normal as we have been. As a matter of fact the fourth match against Japan was the final for our team. Unfortunately we failed and for the next match against China, we don't put much significance on the game," Sin said.

Sin added that he was still confident his side could beat China and confirm second spot but admitted he was already planning improvements to the team ahead of next year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Uzbekistan.

"I will make the team stronger and we will have another chance at the World Cup," he said.

China coach Yin Tiesheng admitted he was still ruing the last minute equaliser in the game against Japan.

China drew 1-1 with the defending champions in their first game after conceding in the 92nd minute. If they had won that game, they would sit top of the table and would take the title with a defeat of DPR Korea.

The draw, though, means they lie two points behind Japan and also must hope the latter fail to overcome Vietnam to have any chance of taking the title.

Asked if that result was still on his mind, Yin replied: "Yes. I am a little disappointed but that is football and we will try our best and hope we can get a better result next tournament. We will try our best in the last match and hopefully we can win."

Yin hailed the competition as a success for his side after they secured a place in the U-20 World Cup.

"For the organisation of the tournament, I should thank the organising committee for the accommodation, transportation and so on. Mostly we achieved our goals for the matches," he added.

"We prepared a lot for the tournament and seeing from the result we almost performed the way we should do but we are not so stable and we need to improve our technique and teamwork."

Il Giappone supera le coreane e vede la vittoria nella Torneo asiatico U19

Le detentrici del trofeo giapponese superano 2-1 la controparte della RPDC e sono ad un passo dalla vittoria nel torneo asiatico Under-19.

Nella sfida decisiva del torneo due reti di Yoko Tanaka e Mai Kyokawa permettono alle nipponiche di superare la rete di Yun Hyon e di raggiungere il primo posto del torneo ad una giornata dal termine (sfida contro il materasso Vietnam).

Per sperare nel miracolo, la RPDC deve battere la Cina e attendere buone notizie dalla sfida Giappone-Vietnam, apparentemente senza storia (0 vittorie per le vietnamiti).

Assieme a Giappone e RPDC, anche la Cina ha conquistato matematicamente la qualificazione al prossimo Mondiali under-20.

DPR Korea 1-2 Japan

Ho Chi Minh City: Defending champions Japan leapfrogged DPR Korea to go top of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship after a pulsating 2-1 victory at Thanh Long Sports Centre.


Goals from Yoko Tanaka and Mai Kyokawa proved enough for Japan despite Yun Hyon-hi's reply and Korea striking the woodwork three times as they fell to their first defeat of the tournament.

The victory means Japan must only equal DPR Korea's result in the final round of games, when they play hosts Vietnam, to retain the title they won two years ago and it also booked their place in next year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Uzbekistan.

In an open first period, both sides had chances to take the lead. Only six minutes in, a long ball eluded the Japan defence that Kim Un-hyang beat goalkeeper Sakiko Ikeda to. The winger's touch took her wide but her cross eventually broke to full-back Yun Song-mi, whose superb 20-yard strike hit the underside of the bar and bounced out.

Two minutes later Japan should have gone in front but Kyokawa fired wide when one-on-one with the keeper.

The Koreans continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock with Kim Jo-ran missing a free header from five yards after great work by Kim Un-hyang.

And the unfortunate Yun struck the woodwork for the second time in the 16th minute when her free kick crashed against the bar, with Kim Jo-ran slicing the rebound wide.

Yet it was the Japanese who took the lead in the 30th minute with an instinctive goal from Tanaka. Nozomi Fujita received possession in the centre circle and her threaded ball found the striker, who jinked past Ri Nal-sil and slotted her left-foot strike into the corner of the goal.

Tanaka then had a great opportunity to double her tally when Kyokawa's cross found her on the edge of the six-yard box but her control was poor and a defender blocked the shot.

In the 69th minute, Korea almost equalised when substitute Kim Un-hwa's audacious 25-yard drive hit the frame of the goal with Ikeda beaten but the Japanese doubled their lead only three minutes later when a long ball found Kyokawa, who controlled well on her chest and fired past O Chang-ran.

The two-goal cushion lasted less than a minute, however, after substitute Yun Hyon-hi found space outside the box, switched the ball onto her left foot and fired a fantastic strike into the top corner.

The final minutes of the game proved frenetic, with Korea desperate to equalise and Japan dangerous on the counter, yet neither side could add to their tally as Hiroshi Yoshida's side put themselves in a great position to win the trophy for a second successive time.

Confident Kwon targets title

Ho Chi Minh City: With qualification to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Uzbekistan already in the bag, in form striker Kwon Song-hwa is determined to get the victory over Japan on Thursday that will see DPR Korea claim the AFC U-19 Women's Championship title with a game to spare.

After coming on as a substitute for the last half-hour of DPR Korea's 2-1 win over neighbours Korea Republic in their opening match of the tournament, Kwon has been in inspirational form for the North Koreans.

Her 23rd minute goal was enough to earn her side a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Australia before following up her match-winning performance against the Young Matildas with a virtuoso display in DPR Korea's 5-0 hammering of the Vietnam as Sin Ui-gun's side maintained their 100% record.

"I was very happy to hear that I was named MVP [in the match against Vietnam] as it means that I made an important contribution to our team's victory," said Kwon, who scored DPR Korea's fourth goal against the tournament hosts.

"Of course I am very happy that we have qualified for the World Cup and now our whole team wishes for victory in the [AFC U-19 Women's Championship] tournament."

DPR Korea are two points ahead of defending champions Japan going into Thursday's potential title-decider at the Thanh Long Sports Centre and will have amassed an unassailable lead in the six-team, round robin tournament with one round of matches to play if they can get the better of Hiroshi Yoshida's side.

And although she is confident DPR Korea will triumph, Kwon knows that they face one of the continent's toughest sides who, the striker suggests, are strong in every department.

"I think we will win the next match [against Japan] and I will be trying my best to make this happen," she told www.the-afc.com shortly after the Vietnam game.

"The Japanese team is one of the strongest teams in Asia but I haven't thought of any specific kind of 'danger' from them."

Domani RPD Corea – Giappone, "finale" della AFC U-19 femminile

Domani si gioca a Ho Chi Minh City la "finale" del torneo femminile asiatico under-19.

Nonostante sia la penultima giornata, Giappone e Corea si giocano la possibilità della vittoria del titolo finale.

Nel caso di vittoria coreana la coppa sarà assegnata con un turno di anticipo. Nel caso di vittoria giapponese basterebbe alle nipponiche gestire con un successo la pratica Vietnam, squadra cuscinetto del torneo, all'ultima giornata. Solo il pareggio lascerebbe aperti i giochi con la Corea che avrebbe la necessità di conquistare la vittoria contro la Cina, salvo una vittoria con meno di 4 reti di scarto del Giappone contro le vietnamiti.

Il Giappone è campione in carica del torneo.

La RPDC è già matematicamente qualificata al Mondiale under-20 che si giocherà in Uzbekistan tra il 18 agosto e il 9 settembre del prossimo anno.

'It's down to this' says Sin

Ho Chi Minh City: DPR Korea coach Sin Ui-gun feels his side's clash with Japan at Thanh Long Sports Centre on Thursday will decide the destination of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship.

DPR Korea have proved the pick of the bunch so far in Ho Chi Minh City, collecting three wins in their opening three games to top the table on nine points.

After coming from behind to defeat southern neighbours Korea Republic 2-1 in their opening game, they edged out Australia 1-0 before sweeping aside hosts Vietnam 5-0 on Monday at Thong Nhat Stadium.

That result sealed the Koreans' place in next year's U-20 World Cup in Uzbekistan but worryingly for their final two opponents, Sin feels there is still much more to come from his side.

Victory over Japan on Thursday will see them wrest the title from their East Asian rivals while any other result will mean the trophy's destination will come down to Sunday's final round of games, where DPR Korea face China and Japan take on Vietnam.

Asked whether he thought the encounter against the Japanese was effectively a title-decider, Sin replied: "Yes, most probably."

Japan, meanwhile, lie second having so far collected seven points from their three games to date as they followed up an opening 1-1 draw against China with successive victories over Korea Republic and Australia.

Boss Hiroshi Yoshida knows his side's unbeaten record is very much on the line against DPR Korea but feels they have the potential to inflict a first defeat of the tournament on their opponents.

"I think it will be a very difficult match because they play very well, their passing is very nice but I think we have a chance to win," he said.

With Japan almost certain of joining DPR Korea in Uzbekistan next year, Yoshida also conceded he was more concerned with developing his squad and giving everyone a chance to experience the pressure of an international tournament than focus on retaining their crown.

"Rather than defend our title, I would rather use players that I could not use in the previous three matches," he added.

"Rather than win the title, I place emphasis on improving the players so I would like to try new players because we can see the work that we have done so far. So I would like to try more players."

Better to come says Korea coach

Ho Chi Minh City: DPR Korea boss Sin Ui-gun insists there is still much more to come from his side in the AFC U-19 Women's Championships despite seeing them brush aside Vietnam 5-0 at Thong Nhat Stadium.

DPR Korea went into the clash with the hosts sitting top of the table boasting a perfect record following victories over Korea Republic and Australia.

They proved too strong for Vietnam as, after Jon Myong-hwa's early goal had given them the lead at half-time, they made their superiority count with four goals in the second period.

Yun Hyon-hi's header extended their advantage midway through the second-half and further goals from Kim Un-hwa, Kwon Song-hwa and another from Yun, again with her head, sealed the points.

It means DPR Korea now enjoy a two-point lead over Japan at the head of the standings and victory over their East Asian rivals on Thursday at Thanh Long Sports Centre will see them prise the trophy from their opponents' hands.

And Sin feels they can still raise their game to greater heights over DPR Korea's remaining two contests.

"It was not our best performance, there is still room for improvement," he said.

"We did not show our full strength, you will see that in the next two matches. I did think that we could win by such a big score though."

For Vietnam, it was a third consecutive defeat as they continue their search for a first point in the competition.

Boss Nguyen Hong Tham, though, was pleased that his side did not capitulate and kept battling right to the end despite the one-sided scoreline and the quality of their opponents.

"In this game our players really did their best but the rest day was very short so they cannot recover and DPR Korea are a very strong team," he said.

"The most positive aspect was the spirit. Although they are very tired, they did their best."

AFC U-19 femminile: Vietnam 0-5 DPR Korea

Ho Chi Minh City: Yun Hyon-hi scored twice as DPR Korea maintained their perfect record at the AFC U-19 Women's Championship with a 5-0 win over Vietnam at Thong Nhat Stadium.

Jon Myong-hwa gave DPR Korea the lead in the 16th minute and they never looked back as four goals in the second period, highlighted by Yun Hyon-hi's two headers, sealed their third consecutive triumph.

Victory over Japan on Thursday will now see the North Koreans win the trophy with a game to spare.

DPR Korea were presented with a sight of goal in the 14th minute when a poor clearance fell to Kim Su-gyong but she sliced wide.

Two minutes later, they went in front when Pong Son-hwa weaved her way through the Vietnam defence down the right to reach the byline before cutting the ball back for Jon Myong-hwa to side-foot into the empty net.

Kim Su-gyong then spooned a cross over the bar before a defensive error let in Kim Jo-ran but she fired high and wide.

Yun Hyon-hi headed a corner wide at the back post and Kwon Song-hwa had the ball in the net just before the break but it was ruled out for offside.

Kim Un-hwa glanced Kim Su-gyong's driven cross wide at the near post and Vietnam keeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh punched Yun Song-mi's free-kick around the post as DPR Korea ended the half well on top.

The Koreans continued to dominate in the second period and after Kim Su-gyong had shot wide, she found the back of the net just after the hour mark only to see her effort also chalked off as the midfielder was adjudged offside.

However, DPR Korea doubled their lead in the 64th minute when Yun Hyon-hi headed in a cross from the right inside the six-yard box.

Four minutes later, they added a third goal after Kim Un-hwa ran clear of the home defence and slotted into the corner and DPR Korea netted their fourth in the 70th minute when Thi Kim Thanh failed to cut out Kim Un-hyang's low cross and Kwon had the simple task of tapping in to an empty net from three yards.

With a comfortable lead, DPR Korea were mostly content just to retain possession although they occasionally forayed forward and Yun Hyon-hi saw a header from Kim Un-hyang's cross following a corner well saved at point-blank range by Thi Kim Thanh with four minutes to go.

The Vietnam keeper then easily held Kim Un-hwa's curling effort from outside the box before Yun Hyon-hi claimed her second goal and the Koreans' fifth with a simple header from Kwon's cross on the stroke of full time.

AFC U-19 femminile: DPR Korea 1-0 Australia

Ho Chi Minh City: Kwon Song-Hwa's goal was enough to ensure DPR Korea continued their perfect start with a 1-0 victory over Australia in the AFC U-19 Women's Championship at Thanh Long Sports Centre.

Kwon's powerful first half strike and some resolute defending proved enough to see off Australia, who mounted a spirited fightback in which they struck the post twice.

Heavy rain before kick-off made playing conditions extremely difficult, with both teams' passes often falling short of their targets. The Australians started the brighter, though, with Nicola Bolger firing narrowly over in the second minute.

After the initial stages DPR Korea began to control the midfield, with Kim Jo-Ran and Jon Myong-Hwa dictating the pace. In the 16th minute Kim Jo-ran had an opportunity to give her team the lead when Australian keeper Casey Dumont missed a cross but the winger chose to pass rather than shoot and the Australians scrambled the ball away.

But Kim Jo-ran was involved when the Koreans took the lead in the 22nd minute. Coming off the left-wing, she jinked inside her marker before slipping the ball into Kwon on the edge of the box. The striker turned and unleashed a powerful strike into the left-hand side of Dumont's net.

The Koreans continued to press and Jon's long-range shot went narrowly wide with Dumont beaten before they lost central midfielder Jong Yu-ri to injury in the 29th minute after a collision with Tara Andrews, O Hui-Sun taking her place.

The Australians almost equalised against the run of play in the 36th minute after Caitlin Foord won a corner. Ashley Brown played a short one-two before crossing to Tara Andrews, who controlled the ball on her chest and volleyed against the post. The rebound fell to Teigen Allen but she could only find the keeper's gloves.

Australia started the second-half on top, with Emily Van-Egmond's fine strike forcing a save from keeper O Chang-Ran.

They nearly equalised in the 60th minute after some fine play from Allen released Andrews on the right-wing. The striker's low cross found Foord in acres of space but her shot struck the inside of the left post. Shortly, after Allen should have done better after getting on the end of a corner.

DPR Korea had chances to extend their lead, with substitute Kim Un-Hwa firing narrowly wide after displaying some fine skill and Jon's strike was well-saved by Dumont, but they held on to claim three vital points that sees them top the table.