North Korea and France. Both squads that the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team tied in their matches during the group stage of this tournament, the Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
France won the first semifinal 2:0 over Ghana, via a brace by Kadidiatou Diani. Ghana played the final forty minutes with only ten players as Jane Ayieyam picked up two quick yellow cards in the second half, in the 46th minute and the 52nd minute. Even though France, who led 1:0 at halftime, had a player advantage for most of the second half, they did not score their insurance goal until the 89th minute.
In the later semifinal, North Korea defeated Germany 2:1. The Korans dominated possession 64% to 36% (38 minutes versus 22 minutes) and in shots, 21 to 7, but both their goals were due in part to defensive miscues. The first goal came after a shot from outside the box was half-blocked by a German defender, with the rebound falling fortuitously to Kim So Hyang, who had the composure to knock in a quick shot to the near post. The second goal came on a quick counter where a German defender was able to get her head on a long ball, but the touch sent the ball into the path of Kim So Hyang, who was able to wing in a shot. That shot was partially saved by Germany’s goalkeeper, but the ball trickled across the line. Germany got a goal back in the 59th minute, off a long free kick that was headed in by Rebecca Knaak.
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The Final Match Day: Saturday, October 13th
The final, between France and North Korea, will kick-off at 11:00 a.m. EDT (live online at ESPN3.com). This will be a re-match of their Group B encounter, which ended in a 1:1 draw.
The Third Place Match, which pits Germany against Ghana, will kick-off at 8:00 a.m. EDT (live online at ESPN3.com). Both Germany and Ghana were in Group D. Germany won the two squad’s group encounter by a score of 2:1.