Korea Republic made a storming start to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010 as Ji So-Yun produced a remarkable individual display to inspire her team to a 4-0 win over Switzerland in Dresden.
The South Korean number 10 was a precocious talent that the Swiss could never get a grip on all afternoon. Ji scored three goals, also hit a post and had several other efforts that came close to the mark.
It was a disappointing outcome for the European team who had lost all three previous games in the tournament, conceding 14 goals. Their consolation is that they are unlikely to face many players as skilful as Ji at this tournament.
After a bright, energetic start from both sides with Ramona Bachmann also prominent for Switzerland, South Korea began to take command. In the 13th minute Ji took aim from long range and struck a post. It was a foretaste of what was to come and she brought the best out of Swiss goalkeeper Nathalie Sscwery who did well to parry another stinging shot and then saved well again from Jung Hae-In on the rebound.
Schwery made another fine stop from Ji but in the 34th minute she was left powerless as the 19-year-olde gathered a long ball upfield and easily rounded Stein before shooting low into the net.
The second goal followed a right-wing cross from Kim Narae and after the ball had deflected off the head of Stein, Lee Hyun-Young did well at the far post to force the ball home.
With that the fight mostly went out of the Swiss team though they never gave up under the baking sun. Early in the second half, Ji added to their misery by cutting in from the left to clip the ball high into the net.
On the hour Samari Susuri tried another long-ranger but again couldn’t keep her effort on target. It was a rare threat to the South Korea goal. Jung hit the post following a sublime pass from Ji and it was all wrapped up when Ji’s free-kick found it’s way in as Schwery fumbled the ball beside her left-hand post.
Korea Republic will now hope to make it six points from six when they face Ghana on Saturday while Switzerland tackle defending champions USA on the smae day - both games are in Dresden.