Defending champions Korea DPR made easy meat of ten-woman Chile in their second match of Trinidad and Tobago 2010 on Wednesday at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, running out 3-0 winners and controlling every aspect of the match. With three points from their first two outings, the Koreans will be hoping to push through with a positive result in their next game, while Chilean hopes of reaching the quarter-finals took a fatal blow.
The two sides played out an interesting first half, with both coaches making changes to the teams that lost their openers. The lively Kim Su Gyong had the first chance of the contest in the 3rd minute, but her shot spun wide of the target.
The Asians continued to dominate the first half, with the South Americans only managing the occasional meaningful attack, and most of them coming from free-kicks and other set-pieces. Although the Koreans were in firm control, it wasn’t until the dying moments of the opening period that they finally got their breakthrough. O Hui Sun picked out Kim Kum Jong in the penalty area, and the unmarked Korean forward placed the ball simply and calmly to the left of Chilean goalkeeper Veronica Saez.
The Koreans continued to boss the play in Marabella after the break. With their coherent and patient build-up, they always looked like getting the better of the hopeful South Americans. Kim Kum Jong added a second goal in the 72nd minute, two minutes after Chile were hit with an ejection for Nicole Cornejo who picked up her second yellow card. Kim Kum Jong ruthlessly fired a shot from 30 yards out that took a wicked deflection before nestling in the back of the net. Pong Son Hwa added a third five minutes before full time, taking advantage of a defensive mix-up to slide her close-range try home.
The Koreans now have three points from their two Group A games and will be hoping to keep the momentum going in their last section contest against hosts Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday. Chile, for their part, are languishing on zero points and Nigeria's victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the late match saw the hopes of the South Americans extinguished.