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Costa Rica’s Late Goal Sees Them Rescue A Point – South Korea 2-2 Costa Rica – Group E Match Report

South Korea 2

Ji Soyun pen 21, Jeon Gaeul 25


Costa Rica 2

Melissa Herrera 17, Karla Villalobos 89


2015  FIFA Women’s World Cup, Group E

Costa Rica Rescue A Point With Last Minute Equaliser

Karla Villalobos’ 89th-minute winner rescued Costa Rica a point that their spirit full deserved. The draw sees Costa Rica finish the day in 2nd place in Group E with two points, and although they have a tough last game against Brazil, qualification is still in their control.
Costa Rica had taken the lead through Melissa Herrera whose goal needed the technology to be confirmed. South Korea hit back though, first with Ji Soyun’s penalty before Jeon Gaeul put them in front.
And it looked like South Korea would hold on to record their first ever World Cup victory until Villalobos equalised with a composed finish to send the Costa Ricans into delirium. Despite the late heartbreak, there is some cause of celebration for South Korea as they secured their first ever World Cup point.

South Korea made one change from their defeat to Brazil with Hwang Boram replacing Kim Doyeon in defence. Costa Rica also made one change with Cristin Granados replacing Carolina Venegas up front.

South Korea started strongly and created a couple of chances in the early stages. Great play from Kang Yumi allowed her to pick out Yoo Younga, but her shot was well saved by Dinnia Diaz. And then a quick throw sent Ji Soyun into the box who fired her shot at Diaz and who caught the ball at the second attempt.

They came even close when Kwon Hahnul shot from just outside the box, but Diaz got enough to tip the ball onto the bar.

And then Costa Rica took the lead. Poor South Korean defending had handed Brazil both their goals, and once again their defending was suspect. From a free-kick on the halfway line, Lizy Rodriguez launched the ball into the box, and somehow it was allowed to reach Melissa Herrera who placed the ball over the keeper. Despite Hwang Boram’s best efforts, she couldn’t stop the ball crossing the line before hooking the ball away, although the goal-line technology was required for the goal to be confirmed.

But four minutes later South Korea had equalised. Yoo Younga was stupidly clipped by Cristin Granados and the referee awarded the penalty. Chelsea’s Ji Soyun took the penalty and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Costa Rica could have had a penalty soon after as this time is was Granados who went down under Lee Eunmi’s challenge. It was a challenge that could have been given, especially after the similarity to South Korea’s successful spot-kick.

Then South Korea took the lead. Kang put a delightful ball into the box which was attacked at the near post by Jeon Gaeul whose glancing header bounced over the line at the far post.

South Korea could have had a penalty early in the second half when Diana Saenz fouled Yoo Younga on the edge of the box. As the challenge was on the line, it should have been a penalty but it would have been a difficult call to make. Jeong curled the ball in at goal which was parried by Diaz and Cho Sohyun couldn’t finish from the rebound.

They should have had a third as Carol Sanchez cleared the ball straight to Kang, but she took far too much time and eventually her shot was blocked.

For large parts of the second half, Costa Rica dominated possession without creating a good scoring opportunity, with Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno having a couple of her shots blocked, and Granados shooting wide. But they came close as they worked the ball to Lixy Rodriguez whose shot smashed off the top-left corner. The South Korean keeper Kim Jugmi had left that effort, thinking it was going wide and was relieved to see the shot not sail into the back of her net.

South Korea reminded Costa Rica of their threat as Lee Geummin’s cross was millimetres from setting up Jung Seolbin.

But then, in the 89th minute, Costa Rica equalised. A stunning 30-yard pass from Katherine Alvarado picked out the run of Karla Villalobos who chested the ball down before placing the ball to the left of the keeper. In her celebration, Villalobos was left in terms as she came to terms with the enormity of her goal.

Costa Rica could have won it as Lixy Rodriguez’s driven free-kick found Alvarado who headed just wide.

Woman of the Match:

Katherine Alvarado – Costa Rica.


South Korea: (4-2-3-1) Kim Jungmi, Kim Hyeri (Lim Seonjoo 84), Hwang Boram, Shim Seoyeon, Lee Eunmi, Kwon Hahnul, Cho Sohyun (c), Kang Yumi (Jung Seolbin 63), Ji Soyun, Jeon Gaeul, Yoo Younga (Lee Geummin 77).

Goals: Ji Soyun pen 21, Jeon Gaeul 25.

Booked: Kim Hyeri 69, Lee Geummin 81, Hwang Boram 86.

Costa Rica: (4-5-1) Dinnia Diaz, Diana Saenz, Carol Sanchez, Wendy Acosta, Lixy Rodriguez, Melissa Herrera, Shirley Cruz (c), Katherine Alvarado, Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, Maria Barrantes (Karla Villalobos 76), Cristin Granados.

Goals: Melissa Herrera 17, Karla Villalobos 89.


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