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Football: Korea DPR finish fourth at FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Claire Lavogez (centre) takes on Korea DPR’s Kim Phyong-hwa (left) and captain Choe Sol-gyong in France’s 3-2 win in the third-place playoff at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. Photo: AFP.

Claire Lavogez (centre) takes on Korea DPR’s Kim Phyong-hwa (left) and captain Choe Sol-gyong in France’s 3-2 win in the third-place playoff at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Photo: AFP.

August 25, 2014: Korea DPR missed out on a medal at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada after losing 3-2 to France in the third-place playoff at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

 

It was an impressive win for Les Bleuettes, who edged their Asian rivals amid a rush of second-half goals, although Korea DPR were the first to threaten in the 26th minute when Choe Yun-gyong’s long angled pass from the right caused  danger. Aissatou Tounkara initially failed to stop the ball reaching Ri Un-sim, but the France centre-half recovered well to deflect the ensuing shot behind for a corner.

 

France were dominating, though, with Claire Lavogez emerging as their most likely source of inspiration. Just after the half-hour mark, the No. 10 provided her latest moment of magic, flicking the ball over marker Kim Mi-gyong and clipping the crossbar with a looping 25-yard volley.

 

Sandie Toletti also went close for the European champions with a curling free-kick, but when the deadlock was finally broken with just two minutes of the second half played, the North Koreans were the ones celebrating. France only had themselves to blame, too, as they allowed Ri Un-yong to sneak in completely unmarked on a Choe Sol-gyong free-kick to head powerfully beyond Romane Bruneau from eight yards.

 

Gilles Eyquem’s side responded well and five minutes later they drew level, Lavogez smashing home from inside the six-yard box after Kadidiatou Diani had scuffed her attempted volley.

 

The French were in the ascendancy at this stage and it was no surprise when they moved in front after 66 minutes, with Aminata Diallo picking up the ball wide on the right, drifting inside and drilling a 25-yard shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

 

The transformation of the game from a tense, uneventful battle to a second-half goal-fest continued, with France’s lead lasting just two minutes. Again, it was failure to mark that undid Eyquem’s side, with Ri Un-sim forcing a fantastic reflex save from Bruneau before Choe Un-hwa raced in to poke home the rebound.

 

But the scoring action was not finished yet and with 11 minutes remaining Les Bleuettes claimed the match-winning strike. Korea DPR failed to deal with a Lavogez corner and in the ensuing scramble, centre-half Tounkara lobbed the ball over the out-of-position Kim Chol-ok and in off the crossbar.

 

Source: FIFA (www.fifa.com); Editing by SportAsia

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