- JI So Yun (49')
Referee Bibiana STEINHAUS (GER)
Ji finishes with a flourish
Korea Republic claimed the bronze medal at Germany 2010 as Ji So-Yun once again underlined the goalscoring instincts that have been a highlight throughout the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Fittingly, her eighth and final goal in the tournament won the game and ensured the Asian team of a place on the podium, a terrific finale to their first tournament at this level since 2004.
After their 5-1 defeat in the semi-finals by Germany, Choi In Cheul's team were eager to show a return to form. Thery dominated from the start with Ji playing a more advanced role as Jung Hae-In dropped to the bench. Behind them Kim Narae pulled the midfield strings and it was she who led a one-woman assault on the Colombia goal in the first half. Her cracking strike, direct from a free-kick, against Ghana was illustrative of the power she packs into her boots and she was eager to treat the Bielefeld audience to another one from the same drawer.
Her first attempt came in the 11th minute from a distance of at least 35 yards but the shot was always rising. The South Americans were conceding a lot of free-kicks and it threatened to cause their undoing. In the 15th minute there was a real scare as Narae fired in another free-kick from a wider angle this time. It was aimed at her team-mates rushing in towards the near post and Lee Min-A was the one to make the touch with Paula Forero stretching to tip it onto the upright. Ji So Yun followed up but could not get the connection she wanted and Forero was able to smother the ball.
It was South Korea who were calling all the shots. Columbia were not able to put together any penetrating moves as Kim He Ri held a solid and organised back line. In the 23rd minute the Asian team were a whisker away from breaking through as Kwon Eun-Som, who was impressing on her return to the team, played in Ji. Kim Jin Young was waiting for the pass but Colombia, tackling and covering for their lives, just got there to snuff out the danger.
Forero did well again as Kim Narae sent another free-kick over the wall and dipping down inside the goalkeeper's right-hand post. She just got down in time to shovel the ball away. Ji then shot too high and Kim Narae's effort landed similarly in the seats behind the goal as Korea Republic remained the dominant force.
The decisive moment arrived four minutes into the second half as Ji once again showed her coolness in front of goal. Kim Narae launched the attack with a forward header and then Kwon helped the ball into the path of the mercurial number 10 with a neat pass. Ji was clear of the Colombia defence and her finish was clinical.
Colombia had introduced Katerin Castro at half-time after she had done well in the semi-final against Nigeria from the bench. A long ball downfield gave her something to chase and when she brought the ball down she rattled off a fierce shot that wasn't far off target.
There was a bit more pace and purpose behind the Colombia attacks but they couldn't find a way through while substitute Jung Hae-In sent a header just over the top. In the 85th minute Yorely Rincon shot from outside the area, the ball landing on the top of the netting.
The game ended on a disappointing note for Colombia with Lady Andrade stretchered off with a knee injury but on the bright side, to finish fourth in their first appearance at this level is a notable achievement for coach Ricardo Rozo and his team.