You could be forgiven at times for thinking that Korea DPR are the host nation for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship.

Despite the many thousands of miles that separate Moscow from Pyongyang, Choe Kwang Sok's high-fliers are far from alone whenever they take to the field. Spurring them on from the stands are some 200 diehards, who are in the Russian capital to give the side their unconditional support.

The merry band is made up of fans of all ages and from all walks of life, from employees at the Korea DPR embassy and their families to emigrant workers who have settled in the outskirts of  the Russian capital .

After arriving at the ground an hour before kick-off, the perfectly-orchestrated, flag-waving supporters take up their positions behind the team bench before launching into a series of songs that are invariably driven along by the rattling of plastic bottles filled with coins. The noise generated by 200 of these simple, homemade devices has to be heard to be believed.

"We planned all this before," said the fan club's unofficial 'conductor' before turning to lead the choir in song with his megaphone. Although this is the first time they have seen Kim Kyong Hwa and her cohorts in action, their love for the colours is plain to see and their passionate chants of "Korea DPR are playing - let's get behind them!" bring the stadium to life.

Every Korean attack is met with shrieks of excitement from the stands, every goal celebrated with unrestrained enthusiasm. Most importantly, the players certainly seem to be drawing inspiration from the eardrum-piercing noise that greets their exploits and have turned in some of the most accomplished performances of the tournament to date, following up their eye-catching  2-0 win over holders Germany with a  four-goal drubbing of Switzerland .

At the end of each game coaches and players alike turn to salute their adoring fans. Thanks in no small part to their undying support, the unfancied Koreans now stand on the brink of the last eight, and their hopes of hoisting the trophy at Moscow's  Lokomotiv Stadium  on 3 September no longer look so distant.