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AFC U17 WAC: Young Filipinas overpowered by NoKor

Ariana Markey and Choe Rim-Jong chase for the ball. PFF
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The under-17 Filipinas ran into a brick wall that is North Korea as the latter dominated anew in the AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup with a 6-0 win on Thursday at the Bali United Training Center.

North Korea easily solved the Filipinas' defense-oriented formation and drew first blood in the 17th minute off Jon Il-Chong's header following a corner kick sequence.

The North Koreans quickly blew the match wide open as Kang Ryu-Mi and Pak Il-Sim also joined the scoring barrage in the 24th and 31st minutes, respectively, even as Jon hit a 27th-minute goal for her brace as they made it 4-0 before the halftime break.

Pak's goal was a heartbreaker for Gabrielle Baker as she already got hold of the shot but the ball slipped off her hands and into the goalmouth.

After conceding a 48th-minute goal from Choe Chong-Gum that made it 5-0, the Filipinas seemingly slowed North Korea down for the rest of the second half.

However, Son Jo-Ye found the net in stoppage time to put the exclamation point to the match.

The win sealed North Korea's place in the semifinals after staying perfect with six points and one match against host country Indonesia on Sunday.

On the other hand, the Filipinas must beat South Korea, which will play Indonesia later Thursday, on Sunday to have a better shot at making the semifinals.

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