AUCKLAND - North Korea beat the US 2-1 in extra time to win the Fifa under-17 Women's World Cup yesterday.
The US took the lead after just two minutes when a long throw-in bounced awkwardly in front of the Korean goal, struck defender Hong Myong Hui and looped over the goalkeeper's outstretched arms into the net.
The Americans' lead endured until the 77th minute when Kim Un Hyang equalised for North Korea and forced the final into extra time.
The first period was scoreless.
The Koreans were running into a strong wind in the second when Jang Hyon Sun struck the winner, preserving North Korea's unbeaten record through six matches at the tournament.
North Korea's win was its first ever women's World Cup title at Under-17 level and adds to the Under-20 title it won two years ago.
Pre-tournament favourite Germany beat England 3-0 in the playoff for third place.
North Korea dominated the match statistically with 31 shots on goal to the Americans' 16, though they had only 48% of possession.
The US played well as a unit, producing some intricate combinations though the Koreans regularly threatened from set pieces.
North Korea finished the tournament with 12 goals, conceding five, while the US scored 13 goals and conceded 10. - Sapa-AP