Koreans edge brave England
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Korea DPR became the first side to book their place in the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup final with a 2-1 win over England in Christchurch.

Lois Fidler's Lionesses battled bravely, but couldn't conjure up another upset and will now move on to contest the third-place play-off against the loser of the day's second semi-final. Ultimately, England simply left themselves with too much to do in this one, after falling two goals behind in the first half.

The North Koreans had actually started poorly when, against the run of play, they took a 19th-minute lead. Ho Un Byol claimed it, capitalising on some sloppy English defending to battle her way into a shooting position from which she fired the ball inside Lauren Davey's near post from a tight angle.

Jordan Nobbs came closest to restoring parity but then, a minute from half-time, England's hopes suffered a hammer blow as Jon Myong Hwa sneaked in to poke home her fourth goal of the tournament from close range, after Kim Un Hyang had scuffed her initial shot.

Korea DPR went on to play better in the second half than they had in the first, yet hopes were raised of another great English escape when Rebecca Jane scored with 16 minutes remaining, running through on to a Lauren Bruton reverse pass and slotting a side-foot shot beyond Hong Myong Hui. It was to prove too little, too late, however, as Korea DPR held out for a win that maintains their unbeaten record in women's youth football.