User talk:Belo Horizonte draws 1-1 with Germany finishes with two draws and one loss
The South Korean women's national soccer team, led by head coach Colleen Bell, earned a share of the spoils in their final match at the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 with a hard-fought draw against powerhouse Germany.
South Korea, ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings, played Germany, ranked second, to a 1-1 draw in their third Group H match of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Australia-New Zealand on Wednesday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
After two consecutive goalless draws, South Korea scored its first goal and first point in its last match to finish the tournament with a 1-1 draw (D1) and fourth place in the group.
Germany, who also failed to catch South Korea, finished 1-1-1 (P4), behind Colombia and Morocco (W2-D1-L6). This is the first time Germany has failed to advance from the Women's World Cup, having finished at the top of the standings in 2003 in the United States and 2007 in China.
Back-to-back losses to Colombia (0-2) and Morocco (0-1), and a desperate South Korea that needed Germany to win by more than five goals and Colombia to beat Morocco to have any hope of advancing to the round of 16, made a big difference on the day.
Eldest sister Kim Jung-mi was in goal, with captain Kim Hye-ri at the center of a back three of Shim Seo-yeon and Lee Young-joo. The wingbacks were Jang Seul-ki and Chu Hyo-joo, and the center backs were Ji So-yeon, Cho So-hyun, and Choi Yuri.
Up front were Casey Eugene Fair (2007) and Chun Garam (2002), who earned their first career World Cup starts.
The bold move paid off. South Korea took the lead in the first two minutes. A pass from Ji So-yeon found Fair, whose shot deflected off goalkeeper Merle Froms and hit the post.
South Korea continued to push up the line and apply strong forward pressure, which paid off. In the sixth minute of the first half, Cho So-hyun received a penetrating pass from Lee Young-joo and calmly slotted home a one-on-one with the goalkeeper to give South Korea the lead.
It was South Korea's first goal of the tournament, and the first goal scored by South Korea at a Women's World Cup in history.
Cho scored her second career World Cup goal. It was the first time in eight years that Cho had scored a goal at a World Cup, after scoring against Spain in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
Germany came out firing, but South Korea's organized defense kept them at bay. Jules Brand's threatening breakthrough in the 12th minute was denied by Kim Hye-ri with a sliding tackle, and in the 15th minute, Clara Buhl had a header that went wide of the target.
Unlike the previous two matches, South Korea took control of the game with bold challenges and offensive moves. In the 35th minute, they threatened Germany with a mid-range shot by Ji So-yeon and a breakaway by Chun Garam.
However, the second-ranked Germans were not to be denied. South Korea conceded the equalizer in the 42nd minute when Germany capitalized on their height advantage. In the 42nd minute, Alexandra Pope headed a high ball from the right flank into the corner of the Korean goal. It was a difficult shot for goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi to stop.
With the score tied, Germany continued to pound away at the Korean goal in the second half with Poppe, who had a lot to offer.
Luckily for South Korea, it was not to be. In the 12th minute, Pope opened the scoring for Korea with a header, but it was ruled offside. In the 15th minute, Pope's decisive header hit the post.
South Korea inserted long striker Park Eun-sun as a substitute in central defense to try to contain Pope, but Kim Hye-ri's physical defense and Park's height kept the German attack at bay, and Moon Mi-ra tried to take a shot on goal, but it was not to be.
In the end, 고스톱 the match ended in a 1-1 draw.