Adelaide: Korea Republic head coach Colin Bell believes his players have the character to bounce back from their opening round loss against Colombia to defeat Morocco on Sunday and put their challenge for a place in the knockout rounds of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 back on track.
Bell had been critical on Tuesday of his team’s performance in their 2-0 defeat by the South Americans in Sydney, and that result has left the Koreans needing a win to revitalise their campaign when they take on the Moroccans.
But the Englishman adopted a more measured tone ahead of the clash at Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Stadium, where a win would put the Koreans back in contention for a place in the last 16 with one round of matches remaining.
Auckland: Philippines may be on a high but head coach Alen Stajcic has warned his players to be prepared for a fighting Norway when the two teams meet in their final FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group A match on Sunday.
The tournament debutants will go into the tie basking in the glory of having defeated New Zealand on Matchday Two while Norway are still seeking their first win with the European side on one point after two games.
Shui: Half-time team talk inspired Steel Roses to victory
Adelaide: China PR head coach Shui Qingxia credited her half-time team talk with helping her side overcome Zhang Rui’s red card and hand Haiti a 1-0 defeat in Adelaide on Friday that keeps the Steel Roses’ FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 campaign alive.
Substitute Wang Shuang scored from the penalty spot in the 74th minute at Hindmarsh Stadium as the short-handed Chinese picked up a win over the tournament debutants to set up a decisive clash with England after Zhang was sent-off in the 28th minute.
The result pulls the Chinese level on three points in Group D with Denmark with one round of matches remaining and Shui’s side need a win over the European champions, who lead the group with six points, on Tuesday to harbour hopes of advancing to the last 16.