Late strike sends Korea DPR through
© Foto-net

Despite losing their semi-final to Japan by a solitary goal on Sunday, Korea DPR bounced back to edge out their Chinese hosts by 1-0 to book their place in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010.

After a goalless first half, midfielder Ho Un-Byol headed home the only goal in the 67th minute which made sure of their third consecutive appearance at the global showpiece.

With Asia's third and last qualifying spot for Germany 2010 up for grabs, the match for third place was keenly fought. The hosts began brightly, but it was Korea DPR who had the game's first chance, with Kim Chung-Sim's diving header flashing just over after five minutes. 

Eighteen minutes later, the visitors again threatened the Chinese goal when lively midfielder Kim Un-Ju shot just over. But the hosts looked equally as dangerous on the counterattack; Gu Yasha's cross perfectly finding Lou Jiaxu on the right only for the Chinese No10 to shoot wide.

The stalemate continued after the interval, with the midfield resembling a war of attrition. However, the deadlock was finally broken when Ho headed home the only goal.