Women’s World Cup, Group Stage, Match 2
- South Korea lose 0-1 to Morocco in first appearance
- Dominate possession but lack finishing
- Goes scoreless in two games to finish last in Group H
- Final match against Germany on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The South Korean women’s national soccer team has suffered its second straight defeat in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023.메이저놀이터
Members of the South Korean women’s national soccer team react after their 0-1 loss to Morocco in their second group match at the FIFA World Cup Australia-New Zealand on Tuesday. Yonhap
South Korea’s women’s soccer team lost 0-1 to Morocco in their second World Cup Group H match on Tuesday at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, Australia. The Koreans, who lost their first match 0-2 against Colombia on Sept. 25, have now lost two matches without scoring a goal and have slipped to the bottom of the group.
The Belo Horizonte, who needed a win to keep their Round of 16 hopes alive, also suffered a shock loss to Morocco, a team that was considered an underdog. Morocco is ranked 72nd in the FIFA rankings, well below South Korea (17th), and this was their first World Cup appearance. They were one of the weakest teams in the entire tournament, let alone Group H. On paper, South Korea should have been favored, but the results were the opposite.
After conceding a first-half penalty against Colombia and a second goal shortly thereafter following a goalkeeping error, the team showed signs of renewal against Morocco by making three changes to their starting lineup. Long striker Park Eun-sun (Seoul City Hall) started up front, while Hong Hye-ji (Hyundai Steel) came in for defender Shim Seo-yeon (Suwon FC), who conceded a penalty in the previous match. In goal, Kim Jung-mi (Hyundai Steel) was selected over Yoon Young-gl (BK Hecken). However, there was a hiccup before kickoff as starting central defender Lim Seon-ju (Hyundai Steel) suffered a calf injury while warming up and was replaced by Shim Seo-yeon.
After starting the game in a chaotic atmosphere, Belho conceded the first goal in the sixth minute. A cross from the right flank by Hanane Ait El Haji was headed home by Ibtisam Zaidi to rattle the net.
After the early blow, the national team reorganized their lineup and pushed their opponents hard. In the 26th minute, Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) sent in a cross from the left side that Park Eun-sun got on the end of, but her header went just wide of the left side of the goal. South Korea brought on Choi Yuri (Hyundai Steel) and Moon Mira (Suwon FC) to start the second half in a more attacking style, and as the ball flowed better, they took full control of the game. In the final minutes of the game, Bell brought on some ‘young blood’ in the form of Casey Eugene Fair (PDA) and Chun Garam (Hwacheon KSPO). Both players added energy to the offense, but were unable to find the back of the net against the thick Moroccan defense.
South Korea dominated possession on the day, 49% to 31%, and had more shots, 14-9. Ji So-yeon said after the game, “I think we were not good enough, and I don’t have anything to say. I’m very sorry,” she said after the game. Captain Kim Hye-ri (Hyundai Steel) lamented, “We were ahead in terms of possession, but it was a disappointing result because soccer is a game that is decided by goals.”
With the loss, South Korea’s overall record at the Women’s World Cup is 1 win, 1 draw and 10 losses. The Belles will play their final group game on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. against FIFA No. 2 Germany in Brisbane, Australia.