Korea Republic denied by late equaliser
Colonia del Sacramento: Korea Republic's FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 campaign ended in disappointment, as they squandered a long-held lead to register a 1-1 draw against Colombia in their final Group D fixture on Wednesday.
It looked for the vast majority of the match as though Cho Mi-jin's 14th minute penalty kick would be enough to secure three points for the already-eliminated Koreans, but Gisela Robledo scored a last-gasp equaliser for the South Americans
Despite their point, Colombia were also eliminated from the competition, with Spain and Canada advancing to the quarter-final stage.
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Fresh from consecutive defeats, Hur Jung-jae's Korea Republic side made a relatively positive start, and found the back of the net for the first time in the competition when captain Cho successfully converted a spot-kick just before the quarter-hour mark.
Colombia, needing to win to have any chance of extending their Uruguay 2018 campaign to a second week, actively sought an equaliser, but a number of saves from impressive Korean goalkeeper Kim Su-jeong kept them at bay.
The East Asian side held a majority of possession, and some errant finishing from their opponents helped them get to within moments of securing their first win at the Finals since 2010, but those hopes were dashed in the dying minutes.
First Korea Republic midfielder Lee Eun-yong was shown two yellow cards in the space of seven minutes to receive her marching orders with just 60 seconds remaining in normal time, before some poor defending allowed the South Americans to find their leveller.
Gisela Robledo, Colombia's scorer against Spain on Saturday, punished a failed clearance following Maria Reyes' set-piece delivery to steer the ball home in the first minute of added time and deny the 2017 AFC U-17 Women's Championship runners-up a positive end to their campaign.
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