Japan and Korea DPR eye top goal scorer title

Japan and Korea DPR will be heading into the finals with hopes of taking out the top goal scorer title in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2016, underway in Port Moresby.

Japan forwards Yuka Momiki and Mami Ueno are in the race for the adidas golden ball with four goals each.

Also with four goals each, Korea DPR’s forwards Kim So-hyang and Ri Hyang-sim.

This will be their last chance to beat Gabi Nunes of Brazil and Stina Blackstenius of Sweden who are in the lead, each with five goals to their names.

However, both Gabi Nunes and Blackstenius are no longer active in the tournament.

Blackstenius was the first to score five goals, four against home side Papua New Guinea and one goal against Brazil in the group round matches.

Brazil midfielder Gabi Nunes scored her first two goals against PNG and one goal each against Korea DPR, Sweden and Japan.

France forward Clara Mateo also has a chance when her team takes on Korea DPR in the grand final. She has scored three goals so far in the tournament.

United States forwards Mallory Pugh and Ally Watt, both with two goals each, will each be hoping to score more than four goals when they take on Japan for the third and fourth placing.

France captain Delphine Cascarino, Japan’s Yui Hasegawa and Shiho Matsubara, and Korea DPR’s Jon So-yon and Ju Hyo-sim have each scored two goals so far in the tournament.

The finals will get underway at the National Football Stadium this afternoon (December 3).

Picture: Korea DPR’s Kim So-hyang (left) and Japan’s Yuka Momiki (right)

Quintina Naime