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Korea Republic eye quick fix after defeat to France

Paris: Head coach Yoon Duk-yeo has declared that he is looking for Korea Republic to move on as quickly as possible from Friday’s 4-0 defeat to France in the opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

Wendie Renard’s brace as well as goals from Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer helped France to a comprehensive Group A victory as Korea Republic regularly struggled to contain the rampaging host nation at an atmospheric Parc des Princes in Paris.

The defeat, whilst far from extinguishing Korean hopes, has left Yoon’s charges with plenty of work still to do if they are to reach the competition’s knockout phase, a point not lost on the 58-year-old tactician.

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“For us, the result against France was, of course, not a good one,” he said.

“We now must do our very best in our next two matches, and especially ensure that we get the right result from our second group stage match against Nigeria."

“At the moment, the squad’s mood is not good, and I have to work hard to improve that. We must forget the result of this game as soon as possible and begin to prepare for our next match.

“We still have two matches in the group to come, and we are of course hoping to do better. But we have to face the reality which is that we need to improve. Sometimes in the group stage there is the consideration of goal difference and the fact that we conceded so many goals was a worrying aspect of today’s result.”

Whilst dismayed at the nature of the goals Korea Republic conceded, Yoon was also adamant that facing a footballing powerhouse such as France had given his side some much needed experience.

“Today’s game showed that France are a strong team, and many of their players put in very powerful performances. As hosts of this event, France are potential winners of this tournament,” he declared.

“For us, having a match against such a strong team as France is a very difficult experience, but in order for us to improve our performance levels we need to have more matches against sides as strong as France.”

Korea Republic will now look to return to winning ways when they play Nigeria in Grenoble on Wednesday, the same day France are scheduled to face Norway in Nice.

Photos: AFP

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