Korea DPR edged Brazil 1-0 in a tightly-contested encounter at the Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Zarqa in Group C at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016, thanks to Ri Hae Yon's 71st-minute goal.
Korea DPR looked the most likely to score as they demonstrated fluid movement in attack but Brazil's defence played a physical game and were up to the challenge. What Brazil had in defence they lacked up front as head coach Luizao's team struggled to produce any threatening chances on the Korea DPR goal.
Ko Kyong Hui came closest to scoring in the first half for Korea DPR when her fiercely struck effort from about 16 yards out crashed off Brazil's crossbar. Korea DPR coach Sin Jong Bok made a tactical substitution on the half-hour, bringing on Pyon Un Gyong for Jang Suk Yong.
Shortly after half-time, Korea DPR looked even more threatening and forward Ri almost put her side in front but she flashed her header a foot wide of the upright. For large spells of the second half, both teams lost possession more than they would have liked with several fouls suffered by both sides.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 71st minute when Ri tucked in a low, right-footed shot into the corner from a cross sent in on the ground by substitute Ja Un Yong. Ko pulled off a neat dummy in the build-up to the goal to disguise a shot and open up space for Ri to score her first goal of the tournament and what would eventually prove to be the winner.
Group C has proven to be one of the hardest groups to call with every team still in with a chance of qualification to the knockout phase heading into the final matchday on Saturday when Korea DPR will face Nigeria in Amman and Brazil will take on England in Irbid at the same time (16:00 local).
Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Kim Jong Sim (PRK)