Incheon: DPR Korea won the gold medal at the 17th Asian Games on Wednesday after recording a 3-1 win over defending champions Japan at the Incheon Munhak Stadium.
Kim Yun-mi got the North Koreans off to a dream start after 12 minutes when she reacted quickest to pounce on a loose ball inside the box, and clinically stroked a shot into the bottom corner.
And seven minutes after half-time, it was 2-0 as Ra Un-sim got in behind the opposition defence and advanced into the box before firing past Ayumi Kaihori.
Japan gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Aya Miyama pulled one back in the 55th minute; meeting Megumi Takase's low cross with a first-time effort into the back of the net.
But three minutes from time, a sweeping counterattack initiated by Jon Myong-hwa saw her release Yun Song-mi down the left, and her looping delivery into the area was emphatically headed home by Ho Un-byol to seal the gold medal for DPR Korea.
Meanwhile, Korea Republic claimed the bronze medal after defeating Vietnam 3-0 at the Incheon Football Stadium.
Following a goalless first half, Kwon Han-eul fired the South Koreans ahead in the 55th minute, before further strikes by Jung Seol-bin (57') and Park Hee-young (67') put the result beyond doubt.