The South Korean women’s national soccer team,토토사이트 ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings, suffered a shocking second straight defeat, losing 0-1 to Morocco, ranked 72nd.
They were desperate for a win against Morocco after losing their World Cup Group H opener against Colombia 0-2 on Sept. 25, but were unable to do so.
Korea, which had vague expectations of reaching the round of 16 and even the quarterfinals before the start of the tournament, naturally picked Morocco as a ‘one-win opponent’, but was unable to recover from a goal conceded in the sixth minute of the first half and fell to its knees.
South Korea had 14 shots on goal against Morocco, but none of them were on target.
In fact, given South Korea’s track record at the Women’s World Cup, the quarterfinal goal was a bit reckless.
Including the two losses in this tournament, South Korea has just one win, one draw and 10 losses in the Women’s World Cup, and has lost six straight matches dating back to the Round of 16 against France in 2015.
They have not scored a goal in five of those six games, including a 1-2 loss to Norway in the final match of the 2019 tournament.
South Korea’s chances of reaching the round of 16 are virtually nil.
With two games played between Group H teams, Colombia sits alone atop the standings with two wins, while Germany and Morocco are tied at 1-1. South Korea is in last place with two losses.
If South Korea wins its final group game against Germany by five goals on August 3, and Morocco loses to Colombia at the same time, South Korea could dramatically finish second in the group.
This is because South Korea, Germany, and Morocco would all be tied for second place with one win and two losses, and goal differential would come into play.
Currently, Germany is +5 in goal differential, Morocco is -5, and South Korea is -3.
But realistically, it’s hard to imagine South Korea beating Germany by five goals.
Hosts New Zealand failed to advance to the round of 16 after a goalless draw with Switzerland. [AFP=연합뉴스]
Switzerland-Norway advances to round of 16…hosts New Zealand eliminated
Co-hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 have been knocked out of the group stage.
The All Blacks played Switzerland to a goalless draw in their third Group A match on Tuesday at Dunedin Stadium in New Zealand.
After a strong start to the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Norway in their official opener on Sept. 20, New Zealand finished with one win, one draw and one loss to tie Norway for third place on goal difference.
In Group A, Switzerland, with one win and two draws, topped the group and advanced to the round of 16, while Norway finished second with one win, one draw and one loss.
Norway opened the day with a goal-fest against the Philippines, winning 6-0.
Norway was +5 in goal differential, while New Zealand was 0.
For New Zealand, a 0-1 loss to the underdog Philippines in the second game of the tournament on Friday ultimately cost them the group stage.
Australia, who are co-hosting the tournament with New Zealand, are also in danger of being knocked out of the group.
The Socceroos are third in Group B with one win and one loss. Nigeria and Canada are tied for first and second with one win and one draw.
The Socceroos must win their final group game against Canada on Nov. 31 to advance to the round of 16.