Korea Republic lose it late in front of record crowd
Yongin: A last gasp winner from Rakel Hönnudóttir saw Korea Republic fall to a 3-2 defeat to Iceland, as Yoon duk-yeo's side continued their FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 preparations on Saturday.
Playing a home friendly for the first time since 2015, Korea Republic drew an unprecedented home crowd of 15,839, but couldn't hold on for a positive result after recovering from two goals behind to level the tie at 2-2 with less than 20 minutes remaining.
The record crowd was a vast improvement on the attendances for the two-game friendly series played against Russia in the build-up to the last FIFA Women's World Cup, which drew galleries of 3,177 in Incheon and 6,899 in Daejon in 2015.
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In the first of two friendly matches between the sides this week, the Scandinavians - who failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup - opened the scoring thanks to a virtuoso solo effort from Berglind Björg Þorvaldsdóttir in the 28th minute.
The PSV Eindhoven forward doubled her tally after being supplied by US-based Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir 12 minutes later, giving the hosts a mountain to climb at 2-0 down at the break.
The hosts burst into action in the early stages of the second half, pulling a goal back through Yeo Min-ji in the 53rd minute, before substitute Lee Geum-min brought the Koreans level with a second goal in the 72nd minute.
Yoon's side chased a winner, but Hönnudóttir ensured the visitors would be the ones celebrating when she took advantage of goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi's parry to force home a 92nd minute winner.
Korea Republic fans will have another chance to cheer on the national team when they meet the same opponents in Chuncheon on Tuesday.
Photo: Korea Football Association