Asian trio book progression to Canada
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Korea Republic overcame a slow start to manage four wins in a row as they emerged as winners in the 2013 AFC U19 Women's Championship, which also served as the continent's qualifier for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

Also joining the champions at next year's global showpiece are runners-up Korea DPR, while hosts China PR booked their appearance in breath-taking fashion after edging Japan on goal difference to take third place.

The success marked Korea Republic's second Asian title, having lifted the trophy at the 2004 edition. But the team, who finished the third place at Germany 2010, were made to sweat by China in their opening outing as they twice came from behind to earn a hard-fought point against the home side.

Coach Jong Songchon's outfits bounced back in the second match however, firing seven unanswered goals past Myanmar with tournament top-scorer Jang Selgi bagging five of them. The dynamic No10 went on to open the scoring in their 2-0 defeat of Japan, before getting her name on the scoresheet as they scraped past both Korea DPR and Australia 2-1 to clinch the championship.

Rivals get flying start
Former world champions Korea DPR, meanwhile, got off to a brilliant start with three opening victories against Australia, China and Myanmar – results which laid the solid foundations for their progression. Despite the loss to Korea Republic, they held Japan to a goalless draw to seal their place as the runners-up.

It was a somewhat different story for China, though, who entered the campaign seeking their fifth global appearance. In the wake of the opening draw against Korea Republic, the hosts' hopes were dealt another blow by losing to Korea DPR by 1-0. But coach Wang Jun's side rallied to defeat Australia by 2-1, before drawing Japan by 2-2 to keep their hopes still alive.

Driven on by the chance of a place at the U-20 Women's World Cup, the Chinese produced the competition's biggest win by routing Myanmar by 8-0 on Sunday's closing round of games. The result, coupled with the earlier stalemate between Japan and Korea DPR, saw the hosts secure their place among the top three at the expense of the Japanese.