Japan win the AFC U19 women's championship

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Japan played North Korea in the final of the AFC U19 Women's championship which took place in Thailand. 

Japan emerge victoriously 

Japan faced a tough game against North Korea in the final of the women's AFC U19 Championship. North Korea may not be one of the world's dominant sides in the men's game, but in the women's they are a force to be reckoned with at all levels.

Japan though, are also top-notch at all age groups. So it wasn't a surprise to see both these sides take their spot in the final. Goals from Yuzuki Yamamoto and Hana Takahashi proved the difference on a night as North Korea applied late pressure in search of finding a way back into the match.

The Koreans north of the wall (DMZ) managed to get a consolation towards the end of the match through Kim Yun-ok’s penalty. It was too little, too late though for North Korea.

Japan managed to hold on to edge out a tight match and pick up the title. Hana Takahashi's header, that proved to be the winning goal, was worthy of a title winner. Up like a salmon, and bounced it in off her bonce like Shearer in his pomp. A super header! 

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