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South Korea’s Comeback Makes History As They Reach The Last 16 – Group E Match Report

South Korea 2

Cho Sohyun 53, Kim Sooyun 78


Spain 1

Veronica Boquete 29


2015  FIFA Women’s World Cup, Group E

South Korea’s Comeback Makes History As They Reach The Last 16

A second-half comeback saw South Korea recover to win 2-1 as they qualified from their group for the first time ever. Their previous World Cup came in 2003 where they failed to get a point, and they came into the match against World Cup debutants Spain knowing a win would see them through.
Spain took the lead when Marta Corredera picked out captain Veronica Boquete who beat the keeper to become the second ever Spaniard to score at a World Cup.
But South Korea came out fighting in the second half and had soon equalised as their captain Cho Sohyun headed in. Their winner came as Kim Sooyun’s mishit cross flew into the top-left corner, as keeper Ainhoa Tirapu failed to react. Spain could have equalised with the last kick of the game, but Sonia Bermudez’s free-kick hit the crossbar.

Team News

South Korea named one change from the team that drew against Costa Rica with Park Ensun replacing Yoo Younga upfront.

Spain named the same starting eleven that lost to Brazil.

Match Report

Spain had two great chances within the first two minutes. Marta Corredera’s cross was centimetres away from picking out Natalia Pablos in the box. Seconds later Alexia Putellas picked Pablos out, who turned and shot wide.

Corredera then picked out Veronica Boquete whose shot was blocked by Hwang Boram.

Spain was starting to find a foothold in the game. Putellas picked out Vicky Losada, but she couldn’t find the target with her shot.

But then they took the lead. A lovely run down the left wing saw Corredera break to the byline who picked out Boquete with her cut back, and the Spanish captain placed the ball past the keeper Kim Jungmi.

They could have doubled their lead moments later as Putellas picked out the unmarked Pablos, but her powerful shot was superbly saved by Kim Jungmi.

The second half started for Spain the way the first had, with Corredera’s cross just failing to pick out Pablos.

But then, South Korea pulled a goal back. Kang Yumi broke down the right and at the byline picked out Cho Sohyun who headed into the far corner.

Spain had a couple of half-chances soon after to restore their lead. Silvia Meseguer shot over, and then Corredera had her shot saved at the near post.

Then Kim Jugmi cleared straight to Corredera who dribbled into the box, but the keeper made amends for her mistake by making a good save at the near post. From the resulting corner, Irene Paredes headed over.

However, South Korea then took the lead. Jeon Gaeul played Kim Sooyun down the right, she crossed towards the near post but overhit it, and the ball sailed over Ainhoa Tirapu and into the net.

In second half stoppage time, Marta Torrejon launched the ball into the box, reaching Sonia Bermudez who blasted the ball over.

And then, in the 94th minute, Hwang Boram was penalised for handling on the floor, just outside the box. The referee, in awarding the free-kick, turned down the opportunity to send Hwang off who had already been booked. Then, with the final kick of the game, Sonia Bermudez’s free-kick hit the crossbar.

Woman of the Match

Ji Soyun – South Korea

Final Group E Table

Country P W D L F A GD Pts
Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
Costa Rica 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2
Spain 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1


South Korea: (4-2-3-1) Kim Jungmi, Kim Hyeri (Kim Sooyun HT), Shim Seoyeon, Hwang Boram, Lee Eunmi, Kwon Hahnul, Cho Sohyun (c), Kang Yumi (Park Heeyoung 77), Ji Soyun, Jeon Gaeul, Park Eunsun (Yoo Younga 59).

Goals: Cho Sohyun 53, Kim Sooyun 78

Booked: Hwang Boram 69

Spain: (4-5-1) Ainhoa Tirapu, Celia Jiminez, Marta Torrejon, Irene Paredes, Leire Landa, Marta Corredera (Erika Vasquez 75), Vicky Losada (Silvia Meseguer 57), Virginia Torrecilla, Veronica Boquete, Alexia Putellas, Natalia Pablos (Sonia Bermudez 63).

Goal: Veronica Boquete 29

Booked: Virginia Torrecilla 56.


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