Korea DPR made it maximum points from two games with a 2-1 victory over New Zealand that puts the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup runners-up into the quarter-finals. For the junior Football Ferns there was only disappointment because they also lost by the same score against Sweden on Tuesday and will exit the competition after their last group fixture.

North Korea’s intentions were plain from the start. They wanted to tie up the victory as soon as possible and to celebrate their safe passage into the knockout rounds. After two minutes Hyon Un-Hui tested Erin Nayler with a free-kick from the right.

But New Zealand were determined to give them a real fight and a great chance for Rosie White saw goalkeeper Hong Myong-Hui tip the ball away to safety.

The Asian team were ahead in the 12th minute, Yun Hyon-Hi seizing on a defensive mistake and scoring without a minute’s hesitation. When the Oceanic side tried to respond, Hong again came to the rescue from Anna Green’s free-kick. The half ended with a good opportunity for Kim Chung-Sim after Choe Mi-Gyong had played her in but it went begging.

After half-time Briony Fisher directed a corner-kick right on goal and it nearly produced an equaliser while at the other end Nayler replicated Hong's resistance in denying first Ho Un-Byol and then Kim.

There was late drama to come as White handled in the area and Kim Un-Hyang tucked away the penalty. Then, attempting to make amends at the other end, White jinked her way through and was only centimetres off target. Finally, something to cheer for the Ferns with a 90th minute goal for Bridgette Armstrong following a corner.