Thirty-three shots were registered in Bochum, but not one managed to ripple the back of the net, meaning Korea DPR and Colombia will return home from the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™ having failed to score. The North Koreans can at least take atomic consolation from the fact they finished Group C second-bottom, above their opponents due to a marginally superior goal difference.
Colombia took the game to their opponents from the outset, with Orianica Velasquez atttempting three shots in the opening six minutes, all of which came to nothing. Yulieht Dominguez was next to try her luck for the South Americans, but her goal-bound strike was admirably pushed out for a corner by the stretching Hong Myong Hui.
Korea DPR's first chance came on 19 minutes when they won a free-kick in a dangerous position, but Ho Un Byol's effort went comfortably over the bar. It did spark the Asians into life, however, and they dominated possession thereafter, albeit without threatening to break the deadlock.
That was until they had a glaring opportunity seven minutes before half-time. Kim Un Ju skipped past two adversaries and teed up Jo Yun Mi, but the captain somehow dragged her shot wide. The last chance of the period fell to Colombia, though, with Velasquez's fizzing drive flashing narrowly wide of Hong's right-hand post.
The same player had the first effort following the restart, but it failed to trouble to Korea DPR No1, who did well to sprint from her line and deny Daniela Montoya a run on goal on 62 minutes. The Colombians looked hungry, and Velasquez's piledriver from distance forced Hong into a smart catch.
A number of wayward shots ensued before Korea DPR missed two great chances to take the lead in the closing minutes. First, Jo's effort was masterfully saved by Sandra Sepulveda, before the No10 flashed her header wide from Ri Ye Gyong's fine cross.
The lively Velasquez had the final two shots of the contest, but both went wide. Soon after, the final whistle sounded to confirm a result which pleased neither team.
Player of the match: Orianica Velasquez (Colombia)