Two first-half strikes today helped Korea Republic beat China PR and win the Asian Games women's football bronze medal.

Park Hee-Young hit the first on two minutes, stunning the hosts and thousands of patriotic fans inside the Tiahe Stadium when she stabbed the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Liu Huana.

While China desperately tried to get themselves back in the game, a hammer blow was delivered seven minutes before half-time when Ji So-Yun added a second, curling the ball into the top corner of the net from outside the box.

From then on it was a rear-guard action by the South Koreans as the Chinese pressed forward looking for a breakthrough that never came.

Defending champions Korea DPR face Japan in the gold medal showdown this evening.