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
DPR Korea 2 -1 Japan
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)