Adelaide: Korea Republic head coach Colin Bell labelled Sunday’s 1-0 loss to tournament debutants Morocco in Adelaide among the worst experiences of his career as the Taeguk Ladies's FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 suffered a near fatal blow.
The defeat at Hindmarsh Stadium came as Ibtissam Jraidi’s sixth minute header earned the north Africans their first win at a FIFA Women’s World Cup and, coupled with their 2-0 loss against Colombia earlier in Group H, means the Koreans were all but dashed.
Group H: Korea Republic on the brink after defeat to Morocco
Adelaide: Korea Republic’s involvement in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 was dealt a near fatal blow on Sunday as Colin Bell’s side slipped to a 1-0 loss against tournament debutants Morocco in Adelaide.
Ibtissam Jraidi’s sixth minute header earned the north Africans their first-ever win at a FIFA Women’s World Cup less than a week after suffering a 6-0 defeat against Germany and left the AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ runners-up without a point after two matches in Group H.
Bell’s side will face Germany in their final game in Brisbane on Thursday with the Koreans only having a mathematical chance of meeting their pre-tournament target of qualifying for the knockout rounds for the second time in their history.
Group H: Colombia stun Germany with last-gasp winner
Sydney: Colombia scored a 97th-minute winner through a Manuela Vanegas header to snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory over Germany and stand on the cusp of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 last 16 on Sunday.
Skipper Alexandra Popp thought she had rescued a point for Germany as she held her nerve to score from the spot on 89 minutes. But in an incredible finish to a pulsating clash, Vanegas popped up deep into stoppage time for all three points with a close-range header.
It came after Linda Caicedo scored one of the goals of the tournament in front of 40,000 fans in Sydney near the start of the second half, but that was just the beginning of the drama.
Their victory left Colombia top of Group H with a perfect six points. Germany and Morocco have three each and all to play for with Korea Republic are still just about alive on zero points.
Auckland: The Philippines’ fairytale adventure at their first FIFA Women’s World Cup came to an end following a 6-0 defeat to former champions Norway at Eden Park on Sunday.
Sophie Haug’s quick-fire brace and a rocket from Caroline Graham Hansen gave a dominant Norway a 3-0 half-time lead with the goals continuing to come after the break as Alicia Barker’s own-goal, Guro Reiten’s penalty, and Haug’s third underlined the margin of victory.
A red card for Sofia Harrison put an end to any unlikely comeback for the Philippines as Norway ultimately coasted into the Round of 16 and eliminated the Southeast Asian nation, who finished bottom of Group A. The European side will face either Japan or Spain in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
Wellington: Head coach Futoshi Ikeda has reminded his Japan players to stay fully focused when they meet Spain in their final FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group C match on Monday.
The match at the Wellington Regional Stadium will decide the group winners, with both teams having already qualified for the knockout stage after victories against Costa Rica and Zambia.