My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
Two South Korean defensive errors handed Brazil the two opportunities they needed to secure a 2-0 victory. Brazil, who have one of the most feared attacks in Women’s Football, were often blunted by South Korea so it is unfortunate that it was their mistakes that led to their downfall.
Brazil’s opener came in the 33rd minute when Kim Doyeon’s underhit pass-back set up Formiga who calmly finished. And their second came from a second-half penalty when Formiga was fouled by Cho Sohyun, which was expertly converted by Marta.
The performance from Brazil, one of the pre-tournament favourites, would have done nothing to terrify their rivals – but there were glimpses of their quality. South Korea did have enough chances to possibly win, but the majority of them fell to Jeon Gaeul who had trouble finding the target.
Brazil nearly scored in the 4th minute as their right-back Fabiana saw her 30-yard piledriver beat the keeper, but smash off the crossbar.
South Korea though should have had a penalty when Fabiana fouled Yoo Younga in the box, but the referee decided the Brazilian had won the ball and awarded a corner. Korea did carve out a chance from the corner, but Kang Yumi was saved by Luciana. From another corner minutes later, Jeon Gaeul’s delivery found Cho Sohyun but her shot just went wide.
Brazil were slowly starting to show their creating, and a delightful pass by Formiga split the defence, but Andressa Alves’ shot hit the head of Kim Doyeon.
Near the half-hour mark, South Korea should have taken the lead. Jeon’s tantalising cross found Cho, but she shot with her right thigh and wide.
Then South Korea set up Brazil’s opener. Kim Doyeon underhit her passback, and it went into the path of Formiga who placed it into the bottom-right corner.
They should have doubled their lead when Fabiana picked out Cristiane, but the prolific striker headed over.
Brazil came out in the second half with a swagger. Marta played Tamires through, but the South Korean keeper Kim Jungmi got down to just about tip the ball around the post.
And then South Korea handed Brazil their second. Ji’s weak pass was pounced upon by Formiga, and the intended recipient brought the midfielder down giving the referee little option but to award a penalty. Marta placed the ball on the spot and sent the keeper the wrong way with an expertly taken penalty. That was her 15th goal in her 15th World Cup game.
South Korea started to push forward. Luciana came to collect a cross, but Ji Soyan got there ahead of her. She picked out Jeon, but her shot deflected narrowly wide. Then Ji showed wonderful skill on the edge of the box to set up Jeon in space, but her first-time shot went high and wide.
But in the 81st minute, Brazil really should have scored. Formiga launched a lightning fast counter and played Cristiane into the box, who instead of shooting passed across the six-yard box to Marta who was denied by an outstanding tackle from Lee Eunmi.
South Korea had the game’s final chance, but Lee Sodam’s shot never looked like it was hitting the target.
After Spain drew with Costa Rica in the group’s earlier game, South Korea still has their qualification prospects in their own hands.
Woman of the Match
Easy. Formiga. Scored the first and assisted the second, as was behind every great Brazil move.
Brazil: Luciana, Fabiana, Monica, Rafaelle (Gessica 82), Tamires, Formiga, Andressa (Raquel Fernandes 81),Thaisa, Marta, Cristiane, Andressa Alves (Rafaela 90+1).
Goals: Formiga (33), Marta (pen 53)
South Korea: Kim Jungmi, Kim Hyeri, Kim Doyeon, Lee Eunmi, Kwon Hahnul (Lee Sodam 77), Cho Sohyun, Kang Yumi (Park Heeyoung 90+1), Ji Soyun, Jeon Gaeul, Yoo Younga (Jung Seolbin 67)
Booked: Cho Sohyun 52.