Under-20 Women's World Cup:France advance to semi-finals with North Korea win

Author: Rosalind Amoh
France advanced on Amelie Delabre's goal
France advanced on Amelie Delabre's goal

 

Hosts, France advanced to the semi-finals of the Under-20 Women's World Cup after earning a grinding 1-0 win against 2016 champions, North Korea in their quarter-final game on Thursday.

Amelie Delabre’s first-half penalty secured the crucial win as France gained a measure of revenge having lost the 2016 final to the Asians, but more importantly, it kept their host and win dream on course.

As expected, it was a cagey and cautious game in the early parts of the first half, but France got the break through just before the half-hour mark after being a penalty.

The spotkick was awarded after Ri Pom-Hyang was adjudged to have handled Sandy Baltimore’s cross from the left in the penalty box. Delabre opted to take the kick and she managed to slot it past  goalkeeper Kim Yong-Sun  for her fourth goal of the tournament which turned out to be the winner.

Despite having to withstand some late Korean pressure, Gilles Eyquem’s side prevailed to avenge their defeat to the East Asians in the final of Papua New Guinea 2016 and advance to Monday’s semi-final in Vannes, where they will meet Spain, who defeated Nigeria 2-1 earlier on Thursday.