Another hugely impressive display from Korea DPR saw them cruise to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Switzerland at Moscow's Dynamo stadium in Group C of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship Russia 2006.
The first half was played at a frenetic pace, with chances for both sides, and with a quarter-of-an-hour gone, Switzerland's Isabelle Meyer tried her luck with a long-range effort only to be denied by a diving save from Jon Myong Hui. Moments later, it took the timely intervention of defender Isabelle Kaufmann to prevent Jong Pok Hui from capping a galloping solo run with a well-deserved goal.
Jon was called into action once more before the half was over, showing admirable reflexes to save point-blank from Vanessa Bernauer, the Swiss midfielder latching onto a clever reverse pass from front-runner Vanessa Buerki . The Bayern Munich striker went close to getting a shot in herself in the next passage of play, but gutsy defending from Korea DPR's Ri Un Hyang snuffed out the danger.
Then, just as it appeared the two teams would head into the break on level terms, the Koreans broke the deadlock. Kil Son Hui's left-wing cross sought out the unmarked Jong Pok Hui, who slipped a shot under Gaelle Thalmann to open the scoring (0-1, 45+1').
"We played a great first 45 minutes, but we struggled to get the goal," stated an understandably morose Claudio Taddei after the game. "We let our concentration slip just before the break at a really stupid time, and the concession of the goal hit us really hard. As the match wore on, Korea DPR were just too strong for us."
His Korean counterpart, Choe Kwang Sok , said: "We didn't get much joy in the first half because the Swiss team defended very well. They even had opportunities to take the lead. In the second half we opted for quicker and stronger players to try and break through the Swiss' solid backline."
As is so often the case, the goal just before half-time proved to be just the tonic the Koreans needed. Within five minutes, Kim Ok Sim had doubled her side's lead with a bizarre effort, her cross-cum-shot from the right swinging past the bewildered Swiss shot-stopper before hitting the far post and nestling in the back of the net (0-2, 50').
The goal was a killer blow to Swiss hopes of a fightback, with Korean pressure gradually breaking down the European side's resistance as the Asian side's fanatical supporters roared their team on in the hunt for more goals.
As it transpired, Choe's second-half substitutions proved decisive, notably the lethal duo of O Kum Hui and Kim Song Hui. It was the former whose measured pass found Kim on the edge of the box, enabling her to fire home a low drive for her side's third goal of the game (0-3, 78').
Before long, the deadly double-act struck again. Thalmann somehow saved O Kum Hui's point-blank effort, only for the same player to pick up the rebound and lay it off to Kim, who hungrily slammed the ball home for Korea's fourth (0-4, 80').
Player of the Match: KIM KYONG HWA
"She's an excellent playmaker and her performance had a huge impact of the outcome of the game. She's equally gifted going forward and coming back to defend," Marika Domanski-Lyfors (SWE), FIFA Technical Study Group .