DPR Korea beat Bangladesh by 9-0 goals during the 2017 AFC U16 Women's Championship held at Chonburi stadium in Thailand yesterday. -AA
Tournament holders DPR Korea showed they remain a force to be reckoned with at U-16 level, overwhelming Bangladesh to earn a comprehensive 9-0 win at the 2017 AFC U16 Women's Championship held at Chonburi stadium in Thailand yesterday, confirms Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) online.
The two-time champions never looked back after taking the lead within five minutes through a booming header from dominant forward Kim Kyong-yong - who bagged a personal haul of five - stretching their unbeaten run into the tournament to 14 matches.
Bangladesh, appearing in the tournament for the first time since 2005, spent much of the contest camped in their own half, as the technical and physical superiority of Song Sung-gwon's side proved too much to handle. Kim Kyong-yong doubled her tally, and DPR Korea's lead, in the eighth minute as Bangladesh failed to effectively deal with a high ball from a wide area, allowing a simple tap-in.
For the following 20 minutes, Golam Robbani Choton's side managed to stem the tide somewhat, until a delightful piece of skill from Kim Ryu-song set up captain Ri Su-gyong for a simple but emphatic finish at the half-hour mark. That goal was quickly followed by Kim Yun Ok's long-range 33rd minute strike, and Kim Ryu-song very nearly made it five shortly thereafter, but the score remained 4-0 at half time.
-AA Sports Desk
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