The game was lost, but it wasn’t all lost.
The South Korean women’s national soccer team lost 0-2 to Colombia on Friday at Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, Australia, in the first match of Group H at the Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023.
It was a must-win game for the team to qualify for the round of 16. But the result was disappointing.
They pressed Colombia from the start, but two goals in quick succession completely took the wind out of their sails. 스포츠토토
The concessions were poor. The first came from a penalty kick after being hit by a defender’s hand, and the second from a goalkeeping error.
Two players caught the attention of women’s soccer fans around the world. Colombia’s Linda Caicedo and South Korea’s Casey Eugene Fair.
Caicedo scored Colombia’s second goal with an unstoppable mid-range strike. The striker, who rose to prominence when she battled ovarian cancer at the age of 15, has emerged as one of the biggest stars of the tournament with her outstanding individual performances.
“When I was fighting ovarian cancer, I didn’t think I could play professionally again,” said Caicedo after the game. Mentally, it was a really hard moment in my life. I’m grateful that it happened when I was young.” “Fortunately, I was able to recover and it made me grow. I’m grateful and happy to be in this position.”
Called South Korea’s secret weapon before the tournament, the pair made an impressive move in the first game. South Korea head coach Colin Bell brought her on in the 32nd minute of the second half.
He is 16 years and 26 days old. He became the youngest player in World Cup history.
“Fair, a teenage girl born in the United States, has become the youngest player in World Cup history,” said ESPN, “South Korea fought well, but it wasn’t enough to win, especially when Choi Yuri’s fantastic cross just before halftime was headed in by Lee Keum-min, but the Colombian goalkeeper made a great save. It was almost a goal.”