FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2018
Late header sees Korea DPR claim valuable win
08 Aug 2018
A late header from Kim Kyong-Yong gave Korea DPR a much-needed 2-1 victory over Mexico in their second Group B encounter at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 on Wednesday afternoon.
The game kicked into life in impressive fashion as the sides exchanged early goals, with Mexico taking the lead through Jacqueline Ovalle’s third strike of France 2018. Left unmarked at the edge of the Korea DPR box, she received Kimberly Rodriguez’s free-kick from the right and drilled a low shot that took a slight deflection past Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Yong-Sun.
The lead lasted just two minutes, however, as the defending champions replied with a well-taken effort from the left of Mexico's box by Choe Kum-Ok. Her rising finish eluded the outstretched arms of Emily Alvarado in the Mexico goal.
Numerous chances were traded at both ends after the break, but it was the reigning champions that found the decisive breakthrough on 85 minutes when Kim Kyong-Yong headed home An Kuk-Hyang’s fine cross from the left.
The result leaves Group B with all four teams in a position to make the quarter-finals after their final group matches on Sunday 12 August.