SOC­CER: East meets West to de­cide the Un­der-17 Women’s World Cup

North Korea 2 Eng­land 1 United States 2 Ger­many 1

The New Zealand Herald - - Sport - by Terry Maddaford

A storm­ing last hour from the United States de­servedly earned them a 2-1 win over Ger­many to set up a clas­sic East-West fi­nal against North Korea in Sun­day’s fi­nal at Fifa’s Un­der-17 Women’s World Cup at North Har­bour Sta­dium.

Sec­ond half goals from Vicki DiMartino and Court­ney Ver­loo — with a lit­tle help from some hes­i­tant goal­keep­ing and de­fen­sive play — got the Amer­i­cans through against a Ger­man side who lost their way af­ter a dom­i­nant start in the sec­ond semi­fi­nal at Christchurch’s QE II Park yester- day. The Ger­mans ap­plied the early pres­sure. From the sec­ond of two cor­ners, Alexan­dra Popp headed home for 1-0.

Tabea Kemme should have quickly dou­bled their ad­van­tage when US goal­keeper Tay­lor Van­cil muffed an at­tempted clear­ance but Kemme fired over the top of the gap­ing goal.

Af­ter 20 min­utes the pen­du­lum started to swing the other way with the US dom­i­nant and fully de­serv­ing of an equaliser which did not come un­til the 64th minute.

Led by the out­stand­ing Crys­tal Dunn, the US were by far the stronger and those two goals — 17 min­utes apart — got them home and into the fi­nal which looked un­likely when they lost one and drew one of their pool matches.

The Kore­ans had their mo­ments in the early match but without be­ing en­tirely con­vinc­ing.

Eng­land, seek­ing to con­tinue where they had left off af­ter their storm­ing fin­ish against Ja­pan in the quar­ter-fi­nals, made much of the early play but their at­tack­ing raids were stymied by the ever-pa­tient Korean de­fence. Danielle Carter was of­ten left to go it alone up front but when Eng­land played with width, es­pe­cially in us­ing Lucy Stan­i­forth’s pace, they were danger­ous.

A lit­tle against the run of play, North Korea took the lead in the 19th minute. The English de­fence backed off to give the Kore­ans space along the goal-line from where the ball was played to Ho Un Bol who, from an acute an­gle at the near post, squeezed the ball into Lauren Davey’s goal.

Eng­land cap­tain Jor­dan Nobbs al­most caught out goal­keeper Hong My­ong Hui in the 35th minute with a su­perb long range shot which Hong was at full stretch to tip over for a cor­ner.

Two min­utes be­fore half­time, the hes­i­tant English de­fence was again pun­ished when Yun Hyon Hi played the ball sweetly to Jon My­ong Haw who side-footed home her fourth goal of the tour­na­ment.

With 20 min­utes to play, Lauren Bru­ton gath­ered a long ball from Davey and slipped it to Chelsea’s Re­becca Jane who fired home.

Eng­land and Ger­many play for bronze on Sun­day.

GET­TING CLOSE: North Korea team-mates cel­e­brate their World Cup semi­fi­nal win over Eng­land in Christchurch yes­ter­day. PIC­TURE

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