FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Korea DPR edge Brazil to reach last eight
12 Aug 2018
Korea DPR got goals at the end of each half to defeat Brazil 2-1 in Concarneau on Sunday and claim a spot in the quarter-finals at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 as runners-up in Group B.
It was Brazil that looked the stronger side in the first half at the Stade Guy-Piriou, with Victoria and Valeria just missing the target with early chances for the South American champions.
Against the run of play, Korea DPR took the lead just before half-time, as an unmarked Son Sun-Im finished off a poor attempted clearance to a cross from the left by the Brazilian defence at the far post.
The half-time scoreline left Brazil needing to chase a game they needed to win to keep their France 2018 hopes alive. They drew level midway through the second half, as substitute Geyse Ferreira converted a Valeria byline cutback pass for 1-1.
That equaliser spurred Brazil on to find a match winner, but despite the best efforts of Valeria with a header and Kerolin Nicoli hitting the crossbar, it was Korea DPR that scored again in second-half stoppage time through Choe Kum-Ok's header from a free-kick into the Brazil box.
The result ensured the reigning champions’ bid to defend their U-20 Women’s World Cup title would continue into the knockout stages, while Brazil’s time in Brittany came to an end after they finished bottom of Group B.