THE DAY REPLAYED – While the first day of quarter-finals at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 witnessed the two teams who had progressed as group winners – Germany and Mexico – pack their bags for home, it was a different story with Japan and Korea DPR. The Asian champions and runners-up went into their respective fixtures as favourites and made sure there were no upsets, even if Japan's 3-0 triumph over England was far more comfortable than Korea DPR's win over Ghana.
Indeed, the Koreans had to wait until the last seconds before sealing their return to the semi-finals of an U-17 Women's World Cup, having reached the last four at every previous edition apart from Costa Rica 2014, where they failed to make it past the group stage. For their part, reigning champions Japan continued their perfect run at the tournament by winning a fourth consecutive match, a period in which they have scored 16 goals and conceded just two.
FIFA.com looks back on the standout moments of the day's action.
Korea DPR 2-1 Ghana
Japan 3-0 England
Goal of the day
Korea DPR – Ghana, Ja Un-Yong (90+4')
The first penalty shoot-out of the tournament appeared to be on the cards, with just seconds remaining before the referee was to blow her whistle for full-time. However, Korea DPR forged one last chance, earning a free-kick on the right wing just outside the Ghana penalty area. Kim Jong-Sim swung the ball to the front post, where Ghana goalkeeper Kayza Massey was unable to catch it, instead seeing it slip through her legs. It took Korea striker Ri Hae-Yon by surprise, but although she could not control the ball inside the six-yard box, her team-mate Ja Un-Yong arrived from behind to poke it home and fire the side into the semi-finals.
A pair of super subs
Few people could have imagined that Ghana's Gifty Acheampong, who had only previously played nine minutes at the tournament, and Korea DPR's Ja Un-Yong, who entered the pitch in the 51st minute in place of goalscorer Kim Pom-Ui, would be the key figures in the match. Acheampong was at the heart of everything for Ghana, both good and bad. The central midfielder started off by giving away the penalty that allowed the Koreans to take the lead, before making amends by equalising in the 81st minute. Ja Un-Yong, meanwhile, became the unlikely heroine, choosing the perfect time to score her first U-17 Women's World Cup goal: a last-gasp winner to send her team into the semi-finals.
The first player to hit the bar was Ri Hae-Yon. The Korea DPR No10 met Kim Jong-Sim's cross on the volley inside the box and it looked to be going in until the ball struck the crossbar, bounced down onto the goalline and left the Korean attacker frustrated. Japan's Hinata Miazama suffered the same fate with the very same crossbar a little while later. She was about to celebrate before the woodwork got in the way, with the ball once again bouncing down onto the goalline but not crossing it.
Ueki, a star on the rise
Despite Japan coach Naoki Kusunose rotating his line-up heavily throughout the competition, Riko Ueki has not missed a single match. On Thursday, she once again demonstrated exactly why that is. She began by putting her side 2-0 up with a fierce drive, characteristic of a classic penalty box No9. Yet the best was still to come. In the 80th minute, she picked up the ball deep in her own half and drove forward. Her speed took her away from the English players, who could not keep pace, and when Ueki was just a few metres outside the penalty area, she lifted her head and, without a seconds thought, smashed the ball into the top right corner. It was a truly stunning effort and simultaneously made Ueki the Little Nadeshiko's top scorer on four goals.
2-1 - This has been the most frequently recorded result at the previous four tournament editions, and is on course to remain so after Jordan 2016. Of the 30 matches played so far, seven have finished with that scoreline, including three of the four quarter-final encounters. Only Japan's victory over England went against the grain.
"We should not have given away that late free-kick [which led to Korea DPR's winning goal] and our concentration in front of our own goal also should have been better. Their first goal - the penalty - also arose from a defensive error. But mistakes happen in football, and I also have a share of responsibility to take."
Evans Adotey, Ghana coach
Monday 17 October, King Abdullah II International Stadium
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