Hoping for a miracle, but the walls of the world were high. The U.S. women’s soccer team is out of the Round of 16 after going 1-2-2 and finishing fourth in its group.바카라
Colleen Bell’s women’s national team (ranked 17th in FIFA) drew 1-1 with Germany (ranked second) in their third Group H match at the FIFA World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 on Wednesday at Brisbane Stadium in Queensland, Australia.
South Korea, who were hoping for a miracle, had to settle for a point on the day. After earlier defeats to Colombia (0-2) and Morocco (0-1), the South Koreans needed a five-goal margin of victory, but were unable to find the winner, finishing the group stage with a 1-1 record.
Bell called upon “youngsters” Casey Eugene Fair (PDA)-Cheon Garam (Hwacheon KSPO) in the starting lineup. Fair, born in June 2007, is the youngest player in the tournament. She came on as a substitute against Colombia and became the youngest player (16 years, 26 days) to ever make a World Cup appearance in the history of the tournament.
Chun was also the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s WK League rookie draft for women’s unemployment soccer and is considered the “future” of women’s soccer. Choi Yoo-ri (Hyundai Steel) was joined on the offensive line by Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) and Cho So-hyun (Independent) in the middle. Lee Young-joo (Madrid CFF) was on the third line, while the defense was composed of Kim Hye-ri (Hyundai Steel), Shim Seo-yeon (Suwon FC), Jang Seul-ki (Incheon Hyundai Steel), and Chu Hyo-joo (Suwon FC). Kim Jung-mi (Hyundai Steel) was in goal.
With a five-goal margin of victory a ‘must’, South Korea set the tone early on. In the second minute of the first half, Paer received a through ball from Ji So-yeon in the box and tried to slide it into the goal, but the goalkeeper came out first.
But it didn’t take long for Korea to take the lead. In the sixth minute of the first half, Lee Young-joo’s exquisite penetrating pass allowed Cho So-hyun to break down the line and find herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Seeing that the goalkeeper was out, Cho calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net. It was South Korea’s first goal of the tournament.
Germany went on the offensive after the first 10 minutes. In the 10th minute, Schiller’s header into the box was collected by Clara Bühl, who fired a right-footed shot just wide of the right post. Brandt almost had a decisive chance in the box, but Kim Hye-ri made a fine tackle to clear the ball away. In the 14th minute, Bühl had a shot on goal with a header that went wide.
For a while, Germany gained the momentum in the Korean half. Each time, Korea made a precise tackle to clear the danger. South Korea’s best chance came in the 36th minute when Ji So-yeon tried a surprise right-footed mid-range shot from just outside the penalty area, but it sailed over the bar.
Germany, looking for space in the South Korean backline, finally equalized. In the 41st minute, Alexandra Pope, in the box, headed a cross from the left flank into the back of the net. Eleven minutes into the second half, Pope rattled the net again, but the goal was disallowed for offside. In the 14th minute, Pope had another header off a Hoot cross, but it hit the crossbar.
In the 18th minute, South Korea took off Chun and brought on Park Eun-sun. She played in a defensive midfield position instead of up front. The choice was made to mark Pope more closely. South Korea looked for counterattacks, but the German defense was unable to get past the halfway line easily. In the 28th minute, Pope’s header was fortunately directed in front of goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi.
South Korea had a difficult chance in the 32nd minute. A free kick was won after a scuffle in the box. But it bounced off a German defender in the box. South Korea took off Paer in the 40th minute and brought on Moon Mi-ra as the game heated up in the second half. Kim Hye-ri, Kim Jung-mi, and Ji So-yeon fell to the ground as injuries piled up.
Yonhap News Agency
The final whistle blew, and Germany failed to advance to the round of 16. At the same time, Morocco beat Colombia 1-0 in the group stage. With three points, the Moroccans dropped Germany (W1 D1 L4) and finished second in the group (W2 D1 L6 – Goal Difference -4), joining Colombia (W2 D1 L2 – Goal Difference +2) in the “first ever” round of 16.