North Korea wins FIFA under-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016

North Korea wins FIFA under-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016
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Published October 22nd, 2016 - 18:16 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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North Korea has become the first nation to win the Women's under-17 football World Cup for a second time, after beating Japan on penalties in Amman on Friday night.

A free-flowing final ended 0-0 after full time, despite numerous chances at both ends, before North Korea held their nerve to win on penalties 5-4.

From the spot Japan's Rio Kanekatsu blasted her kick well over the goal allowing Kim Pom Ui to score the winner and grab the title for North Korea for the second time after 2008 in New Zealand.

The side, which also appeared in the final of the 2012 version of the tournament in Azerbaijan, is one of the Communist country's most successful sporting teams.

After the game, North Korean coach Sin Jong Bok admitted to FIFA.com that Japan were the technically better team.

"Even though they lost, the Japanese team played to a very high level and I commend them for that," Sin said.

"But we managed to get the win and I think mental strength was our major strength."

Spain defeated Venezuela 4-0 in the play off for third place, also on Friday, thanks to a second-half hat-trick to Lorena Navarro.

© 2016 dpa GmbH

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