2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

Thank you PNG for a successful tournament!

Committee CEO Seamus Marten thanked the people for turning up in numbers to fill the stadiums as well as the communities who adopted each of the visiting teams.

“The visiting teams have taken away precious memories of their time in Papua New Guinea and as ambassadors for the country overseas,” stated Marten.

“The mutual respect and affection between the teams and the fans is something that we will all remember for a long time to come.”

Believe in PNG’s capabilities, says Tkatchenko

Tkatchenko made this call after the successful completion of the world football event on Saturday night.

“It is time to stop doubting and start believing,” he said.

“In the space of 17 months, Papua New Guinea has been able to successfully deliver the Pacific’s sporting ultimatum, the Pacific Games 2015, and this world sports event, the FIFA Under-20 WWC.

“That is an achievement we can all be very proud of.”

Korea DPR did it!

The Asian rival has won the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016, beating France 3-1.

With scores leveled at 1-1 in the break, Korea DPR came back in the second half to add two more goals to seal the victory.

It was all through Kim Phyong Hwa who assisted the first goal in the first half, then puts her team infront with the second goal with a stunning header to push the team infront to lead 2-1.

But that was not enough as Jon So Yon converted a free kick in the box from a foul before the final whistle sounded for Korea DPR to beat 3-1.

USA happy for opportunity to play for medals

However, they were happy to have another opportunity for the medals this Saturday in the third and fourth playoffs.

USA coach Michelle French commended Korea DPR for making it through to the finals saying it is a huge success for the Korea DPR team and for their country for making it through to the finals.

“I thought for the first 90 minutes we did well enough to be in the game but it’s just extremely disappointing right now for our players who have used excessive amount of energy and every piece of their heart to get us back in the game,” French said.

Team USA applauds local supporters

USA coach Michelle French admitted that her players have consistently talked about how incredibly the fan’s support has been.

“When you’re coming in for a game you never know if anyone will be out there cheering for you.

“The supporters always motivate the players when they start chanting their names.

“We tend to feed off the energy of the crowd so it’s been an absolutely fantastic experience so far playing in front of the local people and we look forward to the next game,” French said.

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Sweden and Brazil boast top two goal scorers

Each player has scored five goals overall in the tournament but unfortunately for both players, their teams, Brazil and Sweden, have bowed out of the tournament.

Japan, Korea DPR, the United States and France are the top four teams through to the semifinals.

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 fifth goal of the tournament against Japan in the quarterfinal to level with Blackstenius.

We hope to return soon, says Team Spain

Spain bowed out of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup on Thursday night after a heart-breaking loss to Korea DPR (3-2) in the first quarterfinals match.

The Taikone community hosted the farewell gathering at Naked Fish, where gifts were exchanged between members of the community who adopted the country and supported them during the matches.

A performance by the Vabukori string band and Tolai dances were performed by the community, which two of the girls from the visiting team could not resist but join in.

Top four confirmed for World Cup semis

The last teams standing are Japan, Korea DPR, the United States and France.

Korea DPR was first to qualify after defeating Spain 3-2 in the first quarterfinal match.

Japan was the next to qualify, grabbing an easy win against Brazil 3-1 in the second quarterfinal.

USA defeated Mexico 2-1 in the third quarterfinal to secure their spot in the semifinal while reigning champions, Germany, lost their campaign to retain the Cup after a shocking loss to France 1-0 in the last quarterfinal match.

Spain leaves PNG with good memories

Speaking to Loop PNG on Friday night, Spain’s media officer Marina Sam Miguel said the experience has been wonderful and really amazing for a country many had to Google search.

“We didn’t know what to expect coming so far. To be honest, many of the girls had to look up on the map to see where Papua New Guinea was because they couldn’t really place it but they had a wonderful time.”

During their short stay in the country, the team visited March Girls, Sunset lodge and a few other places.