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Venezuela vanquished as North Korea march on to the final

North Korea are the first finalaists of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup (Photo: Getty Images)
by Paloma Gutiérrez, AIPS Young Reporter, Mexico

AMMAN, October 17, 2016 - Asia's dominating role in women's age-group football was maintained as Korea DPR pursued a repeat of their success in the first FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup by defeating Venezuela 3-0 in this year's semi-finals.

The 2008 champions will play Spain or holders Japan in the final in the Jordanian capital on Friday.

Speed dominated in a first half which was ruled by the physical strength of both teams, with strong tackles and a great deal of aerial play.

The North Koreans, with nine goals and 76 shots in the tournament, were not only the fifth best attack of the tournament but secure in defence, in totally stifling Venezuela's outstanding forward Deyna Castellanos.

In the 14th minute North Korea demonstrated their thirst for victory with an opening goal from Kim Pom Ui.

Their momentum was interrupted briefly by an unusual incident in the 27th minute when Korean Kim Jong Sim collapsed and the team doctor raced on to the pitch without first seeking permission and despite fourth official Esther Azzopardi calling on her to stop.

Kim, who had suffered a nose bleed, was able to continue after treatment.

Castellanos's second-half attempts, supported by Yerlani Moreno, to find an equaliser came to nothing and North Korea struck a second goal in the 71st minute. Goalkeeper Naylusa Caceres misjudged a right-wing corner from Ri Hae Yong and substitute Ja Un Yong tucked the ball into the net at the far post.

Venezuela looked to find captain Castellanos with their passes but in vain and Ri Hae Yon completed the scoring and the North Korean victory in the 89th minute.

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