Asian pair book Chile trip

Korea DPR and Japan today advanced into the final of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship and, in the process, secured their places at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008.

In the continental event's second semi-final, Japan emerged victorious from a penalty shootout against Korea Republic, an outcome which preceded Korea DPR's 4-1 victory over hosts China PR. The triumphant pair will now do battle in Tuesday's final, while Korean Republic will take on China in the third-place match with Asia's third and final ticket to Chile at stake.

Korea DPR and hosts China have developed a rivalry in recent years. The two sides met in the final of the previous edition of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship, with the Chinese eking out a narrow victory. The Koreans avenged that loss in some style, though, beating their opponents 5-0 in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Russia 2006 final.

Cheered on by the vociferous home supporters and spearheaded by Ma Xiaoxu, China attacked from the outset but it was the visitors who took the lead after only six minutes through midfielder Ryom Su Ok. The hosts' woes were compounded in the 36th minute when Hwang Song Mi doubled Korea DPR's advantage and only two minutes into the second half, Ri Ye Gyong made it to 3-0.

Ruan Xiaoqing did reduce the deficit in the 76th minute, but it proved nothing more than a consolation as Ri completed her brace with a diving header seven minutes from time to seal a 4-1 success for Korea DPR.