England have no answer to Kim's hat-trick

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England's disappointing form continued in the Women's World Junior Cup in Seoul yesterday when they were beaten 6-3 by Korea in a crossover game and as a result will play China this morning for the 7-8th place. China beat South Africa 4-1 in a penalty shoot out after drawing 1-1 at the end of extra time.

In yesterday's semi-finals, Australia needed a golden goal in extra time to beat Argentina, the defending champions, 2-1, while the Dutch went through to tomorrow's final with a 3-1 win against Germany.

England never recovered from a fourth-minute goal by Korea's Hyang Mi Lee and a second from Min Ha Kim just on the interval. On the resumption, the hosts drove forward to create a 4-0 lead just 10 minutes into the half, with Kim claiming her second and Hyun Jung Woo the fourth.

After England had pulled two goals back through Rachel Walker and Louisa Turney midway through the second half, Kim completed her hat-trick. Lucilla Wright claimed England's third before Seong Eun Kim completed the scoring for Korea.

Although England had played with great commitment, they had no answer to the fast, fluid Korean strikers.