Defending champions North Korea survive Group of Death

y Phillip Rollo, AIPS Young Reporter, New Zealand

COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO, November 21, 2018 – Players piled on top of each other in celebration as North Korea overcame an early deficit and a penalty miss to edge Cameroon and secure a place in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.

Goals by Ri Su Jong and Ko Kyong Hui gave the defending champions a hard-fought 2-1 win in sweltering conditions at Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici in Colonia del Sacramento.

There was everything to play for, with all four teams in Group C entering the day tied on three points.

But with Germany accounting easily of the United States of America 4-0, North Korea’s superior goal differential meant they only required a draw to progress as runners-up in Group C.

They were given an early scare though, with Cameroon forward Marie Ngah Manga slicing through their defence and firing a shot at Yu Son Gum. Yu got two hands to the ball but parried it straight into the path of Alice Kameni.

Kameni made no mistake from close range, scoring her second goal of the tournament.

But despite conceding the early goal, Ko and and Ri ensured North Korea’s survival by scoring in the 45th and 75th minutes.

The two goals made up for Ri Su Gyong’s failed attempt from the penalty spot earlier in the first half, sending her effort crashing into the frame of the goal.

The penalty was awarded by referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin when Ri Su Jong crumbled under minimal contact from Cameroon defender Florence Fanta.

Cameroon were without suspended captain Viviane Mefire.


North Korea will now meet Group D winners Spain in the quarterfinal, while Germany will take on Canada

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