Korea Republic U-19 Women's National Football Team was beaten by Japan 0-2, failed to get qualified for semifinals
U-19 Women's National Team lost to Japan 0-2 at round of 3 of Group B, AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2017, which was held at Jiangning Sports Center Stadium, Nanjing in China on October 22. Korea recorded 1 win and 2 losses at a group stage, remained as 3rd ranking in a group and failed to get qualified for the semifinals tournament. Simultaneously, the team also was not able to get a ticket for the U-20 Women's World Cup next year as the qualification is given to the 3rd ranking of this game.
Korea chose 4-4-2 formation. Kim Seoyeon(Chungbuk Yaeseong Women's HS) and Kim Soeun(Ulsan Science University) played as the two top while midfielder lines were kept by Kang Chaerim(Sejeong Korea University), Mok Seungyeon(Daejeon Daeduk University), Choi Yeseul(Inac Kobe) and Mun Eunju(Seoul Dongsanjeongsan HS). The four back was lined up by Seo Jinju(Gyeongbuk Wideok University), Kim Hyuna(Ulsan Science University), Park Sungran and Kim Jinhee(Gyeongbuk Wideok University). Kim Yerin(Hokuriku University) played as the goalkeeper.
Japan, which had victories at the previous 1st and 2nd round of the group stage was strong, as expected. Korea gave the first goal to Japan at 49'. Muraoka Mami made a successful goal with a mid-range shot which aimed for the upper left side of the goal. Korea braced up for the battle in order to get an equalizer goal while changing the players. At 54', Kim Seoyeon was substituted by Sim Seohee(Ulsan Sceicne University).
Korea showed aggressive plays in order to get an goal but was defended by strong midfield and defense line of Japan. Korea had a free-kick opportunity from the right side at 69' but Mun Eunjoo's shoot followed by Kim Jinhee's cross was missed.
At 81', Kanno Oto's free-kick from left side went over the goal keeper Kim Yerin's height and made a goal. Korea started attack but there were a few regretful moments such as when Kang Chaerim's heading shoot was caught by Japanese goal keeper at 83'. In the end, the game ended 0-2.
Korea was qualified for the U-20 Women's World Cup for four times continuously since 2010. However, with the failure to get qualified this time, Korea has to wait for another two years.
Korea Republic 0-2 Japan
Scores: Muraoka(49'), Kanno(81', Japan)
Line up: Kim Yerin(GK) - Seo Jinju, Kim Hyuna, Park Sungran, Kim Jinhee - Kang Chaerim, Mok Seungyeon(30', Kim Yeseul), Choi Yeseul, Mun Eunju - Kim Soeun, Kim Seoyeon(54' Sim Seohee)
Words = Kwon Taejung
Photos = AFC