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Japan play DPR Korea in the Final of the AFC U14 Girls Regional Championship

Japan moved into the final against DPR Korea after beating the Korea Republic 2-1 at the National Football Training Centre in China on Tuesday.

It was an encouraging improvement for the Japanese side who had to be content with fourth-place finishing in the inaugural edition of the competition last year also hosted by China.

The win was also a reversal of fortune for the little Nadeshiko as it was the Koreans who had beaten them by the same scoreline in the third/fourth placing match last year.

Ayumi Kutsuwada, who had scored a goal against neighbours DPR Korea and a double against Japan in their campaign opener, drew first blood with her goal six minutes into the game against Korea Republic.

Sim Hui-su however equalised with her first goal in the tournament five minutes after the restart.

Haruka Miura, who contributed two goals in their 12-0 thrashing of Guam in their first match, regained the lead with her goal on 57 minutes.

Japan are on Wednesday looking forward to beating DPR Korea to whom they lost 3-1 in the group stages last year while Korea Republic will lock horns with Chinese Taipei for the third-place honours.

3rd place play-off

Chinese Taipei 1 – 3 Korea Republic

Final

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DPR Korea 2 -1 Japan

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The Tournament winners:
Champions: DPR Korea
Runners-up : Japan
Third-place: Korea Republic
Fair Play: Japan
Top Goal Scorer: Ko Kyong-hui (DPR Korea)
MVP: Park Hye-jeong (Korea Republic)

 

Source courtesy of: the-afc.com

Photos courtesy of:  the-afc.com

(Thank you William, WSU member)

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