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DPRK Through to Second Consecutive FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final
    2008-12-05 08:48:33     Xinhua
Holders DPR Korea booked passage to their second consecutive FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup final after defeating France 2-1 in Santiago on Thursday.

The Europeans started the contest in fine form, moving the ball around the pitch with seeming ease and dominating possession to the tune of 66 percent in the first half.

Neither side was able to conjure up an all-important opener before the whistle went for the interval.

The French finally found a way through in the second half when Nora Coton-Pelagie gave her side lead by taking advantage of a scramble in the opponents' goalmouth.

In the 64th minute, DPR Korea had a goal disallowed for offside, but they were celebrating a legitimate strike just four minutes later. Ri Un Hyang headed home from a Kim Chun Hui cross to level the score.

In the last ten minutes the unlucky French girls hit the crossbar twice, which proved costly.

Three minutes into second-half stoppage time Ri Ye Gyong got on the end of a long hopeful ball from Pak Kuk Hui and made the score 2-1 for the DPR Korea, who will meet the United States in the final on Sunday. The United States nipped Germany 1-0 in the other semifinal.
 
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