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England's FIFA Under-17 World Cup dream is over as they were edged out 2-1 in the semi finals by DPR Korea despite a brave battle.
The England team looked tired and drained after their exertions against Japan four days earlier and couldn't contain a tricky Korean side who inflicted the damage with two first half goals before Rebecca Jane renewed English hopes with a second half strike.
England coach Lois Fidler was dealt a blow prior to the game as penalty hero Gemma Bonner was ruled out through injury but Jodie Jacobs was back from suspension to replace her alongside Lucy Bronze in the centre of defence in an otherwise unchanged side.
England made a very bright start to the game and captain Jordan Nobbs tested Hong Myong Hui with a strike from outside the area. The England side enjoyed plenty of possession during the opening stages without really looking like threatening the Korean goal.
However in the 19th minute it was Korea who went ahead with what England would consider to be a scrappy goal. Naomi Chadwick was deceived by an awkward bounce in the area and Ho Un Byol stole in, although Chadwick did well to win the ball back, the Korean striker promptly drilled in a shot which beat Lauren Davey on her near post.
A miscued shot from Lucy Staniforth almost caused a problem for Hong Myong Hui who had to claim from under her bar. Back came Korea to win a corner, from which Kim Un Ju blazed a shot over.
Nobbs was unlucky not to level the scores with a 25-yard strike which was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Hong Myong Hui. Minutes later England looked to have a clear penalty claim turned down by the Canadian referee as Danielle Carter appeared to be barged over by Kim Sol Hui in the area.
This turned out to be an important moment as Korea went two ahead just a minute before half time. Yun Hyon Hi pulled the ball back for the line to Kim Un Hyang whose shot was touched in from close range by Jon Myong Hwa.
After the break, there was a scare for England as Kim Un Hyang made a strong run in the area before being denied by a fine saving tackle from Jacobs. The resulting corner was cleared as far as Ho Un Byol whose 20-yard strike flew straight at Davey.
Another key moment came as Staniforth outpaced the Korean defence before being poleaxed by the oncoming Hong Myong Hui. The challenge itself was worthy of a red card but the referee failed to show one and only a yellow was produced.
Korea passed up a good chance for a third goal as the England defence hesitated from a long free kick but Jang Hyon Sun's attempted lob was a tame one and comfortable for Davey.
With fifteen minutes remaining, England grabbed themselves a lifeline as Lauren Bruton slid a neat pass into the path of Rebecca Jane who coolly guided her shot past the goalkeeper to reduce the arrears.
Kim Un Ju fired a shot over the bar as Korea continued to attack and keep possession as the final whistle approached. England tried their hardest to muster up another chance to try and take the game into extra time but they just could not do so and Korea closed the game out to take their place in the Final.
There is still much for England to play for in this tournament as they will take on Germany in the bronze medal match - the third place play-off on Sunday.
England: Lauren Davey, Rachel Daly, Naomi Chadwick (sub Stephanie Marsh 54mins), Lauren Bruton, Jodie Jacobs, Lucy Bronze, Rebecca Jane, Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Isobel Christiansen, Lucy Staniforth (sub Sarah Wiltshire 84mins). Subs not used: Amy Carr, Juliana Draycott, Jemma Rose, Rachel Pitman, Paige Eli, Kirsty Linnett.
DPR Korea: Hong Myong Hui, Hyon Un Hui, Jon Hong Yon, Kim Sol Hui, Kim Un Ju, Pae Yon Hui (sub Kim Un Ju 70mins), Ho Un Byol, Jon Myong Hwa, Yun Hyon Hi (sub Jang Hyon Sun 52mins), Kim Hyon Mi, Kim Un Hyang (sub Ri Un Ae 90mins). Subs not used: Ryu Un Jong, Jo Myong Hui, Cha Ok, Jong Yu Ri, Ri Hyang Hui, Kim Su Jong, Ro Chol Ok.
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