Korea DPR have joined Japan as Asia’s representatives at the 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, with their comprehensive 5-0 final-round victory against Thailand confirming a top-two finish.
World champions Japan sealed their passage on Thursday, while Korea DPR needed to collect three points to ensure they stayed ahead of fellow 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ finalists Australia in the six-nation tournament.
Victory for the North Koreans was never in doubt thanks to first-half goals from Yun Song Mi and Choe Mi Gyong, while a double from Ra Un Sim helped blow out the scoreline.
Meanwhile Australia, needing to win in case of a Korea DPR slip-up, secured a 2-1 comeback victory against Korea Republic to finish third. Lisa De Vanna and Tameka Butt scored second-half goals after the South Koreans had taken the lead via Kwon Hah Nul midway through the first period.
Host nation China PR were fourth, ahead of Korea Republic and Thailand at the tournament being held in Jinan.
The other nations to have confirmed their participation at London 2012 to date are France, Sweden, Brazil and Colombia, while Great Britain will participate as hosts.