South Koreans Win Gold in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Even after 30 minutes of extra time, the winner had to be decided in a penalty shootout. The score was tied at 4-4 after five kicks the game went to sudden-death. Korea Republic Selgi Jang scored.

Korea Republic defeated Japan in a gripping conclusion to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010.  In an exciting finish on Saturday, September 25, 2010, Korea Republic emerged as champions for the first time defeating Japan 5-4 in a final that needed penalty shootout to decide the winner.

The match was tied at 3-3 at the end of the 90 minutes of regulation time.  Lee Jungeun scored the first goal in the 6th minute and Japan, through Hikaru Naomoto, replied five minutes later.  The lead went to Japan in the 17th minute when Yoko Tanaka scored but Korea’s captain Kim Areum evened the score in added time of the first half.  Twelve minutes into the second half, Chika Kato made the score 3-2 in Japan’s favour, but Korea equalized when Lee So Dam – a minute after coming on as a substitute – scored in the 79th minute to tie the match 3-3.

Even after 30 minutes of extra time, the winner had to be decided in a penalty shootout.  The score was tied at 4-4 after five kicks the game went to sudden-death.  Korea Republic Selgi Jang scored.

Korea Republic, Japan and Korea DPR all reached the semi-finals with remarkable display of football.  The European challenge was also impressive.  The CONCACAF and South American sides disappointingly fell short of their objectives.

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