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(Asiad) N. Korea beats Vietnam 5-0 in women's football

2014/09/16 19:17

By Yoo Jee-ho

INCHEON, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea overpowered Vietnam 5-0 in its first women's football match at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.

North Korea poured in four goals in the first half alone at Namdong Asiad Rugby Field against the overmatched Vietnamese. Kim Yun-mi scored twice in the game's first 10 minutes, and Kim Un-ju, Ri Ye-gyong and Jong Yu-ri added one goal apiece for the easy win in the Group C contest.

In the women's event, 11 countries will vie for medals. There are two groups of four and one group of three. The top two seeds from each group, plus the two best runner-up teams, will reach the quarterfinals. North Korea, the silver medalist from the 2010 Asiad in Guangzhou, will next face Hong Kong on Saturday.

Kim Yun-mi of North Korea celebrates the first of her two goals in the team's 5-0 win over Vietnam in the Asian Games women's football in Incheon on Sept. 16, 2014. (Yonhap) Kim Yun-mi of North Korea celebrates the first of her two goals in the team's 5-0 win over Vietnam in the Asian Games women's football in Incheon on Sept. 16, 2014. (Yonhap)

Kim Yun-mi set the tone early with the opening goal in the fifth minute. By the time she headed in her second of the night five minutes later, the rout was on.

Bigger, faster and stronger, the North Koreans outmuscled their way into the Vietnamese zone and consistently beat their opponents to the loose ball. Kim Un-ju converted a penalty in the 21st for a 3-0 advantage. She missed her second penalty five minutes later, and it was Ri Ye-gyong who scored the North's fourth goal in the 41st.

It was much the same story in the second half, as North Koreans kept the pressure on and prevented Vietnam from mounting any counterattack. Jong Yu-ri rounded out the scoring with a successful penalty in the 83rd.

North Korea outshot Vietnam 12-1.

jeeho@yna.co.kr

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