North Korea (Korea DPR) take on Japan in the final of the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup final on Friday at the Amman International Stadium in Jordan. It is the second meeting between the eves of the two football sides in the FIFA tournament.
They encountered the last time in the competition in 2010 when the Japanese prevailed over the Koreans with a 2-1 result. The U17 Women's World Cup came to existence in 2008 and DPR Korea were the inaugural champions while Japan are the defending champions, having won the title in 2014.
"Japan is one of the top teams but they also have weakness, before we left our country I expected to play with Japan in the final match, which means I studied really hard about the Japanese team before we left our country so we will try to do our best," DPR Korea coach Sin Jong Bo told Chinese news agency Xinhua. "We are at a strong point mentally, and hope that will allow us to win against Japan."
The Japanese eves have dominated the tournament so far. Not only have they remained undefeated but also they have conceded as less as two goals and scored a total of 19 goals. North Korea, too, have remained undefeated so far.
"We already prepared for the final, and we are targeting the finals all the time, so our preparation is for this match, and it is good preparation to allow us to win," said Japan coach Naoki Kusunose ahead of the game.
North Korea vs Japan is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. IST, 6 p.m. BST) on October 21.
How to watch
India: TV: Sony ESPN, ESPN HD. Live streaming: Sony Liv.
UK: TV: Eurosport 2. Live streaming: Eurosport Player.
USA: TV: Fox Sports 2. Live streaming: Fox Sports Go.
Japan: TV: Fuji TV Next.