Korean women’s soccer team, regrettable come-from-behind defeat against Belgium

The second Arnold Clark Cup tournament in which the Korean women’s soccer team, which is preparing for the finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in July, participates as an evaluation match. The game was unfortunately lost. The second game against Belgium was a come-from-behind loss, so the regret was greater.

The Korean women’s soccer team, led by coach Colin Bell, lost 1-2 in the second game against Belgium in the 2023 Arnold Clark Cup held at the CBS Arena in Coventry, England at 3:15 am on the 20th (Korean time) and finished at the bottom. couldn’t escape Through this game, it was clearly confirmed that women’s soccer must not be pushed back physically in order to compete confidently with strong teams on the world stage안전놀이터


To escape from the shock of the 0-4 defeat in the first game against the host country, England, our players, who came out solidly in a 3-5-2 formation, scored the first goal 10 minutes after the start of the game to take the win, but they looked up again due to lack of back spirit. I fell asleep.

Our players, who had to compete in the group stage against Germany, Morocco, and Colombia in the World Cup in July, flew far to find what they lacked against the strong teams in Europe, but they fought more actively against Belgium than against England. It can be said that it is a noticeable change.

10 minutes after the start of the game, attacking midfielder Lee Geum-min scored the first goal with a sharp right-footed mid-range shot. Geum-Min Lee overcame a struggle with Belgian midfielder Valeska Ampurter and secured the shot angle. The right-footed ball hit the opponent’s body, slightly changed direction, and was sucked into the left corner of the Belgian goal. 

But unfortunately, in the first half extra time, they gave up an equalizer in a similar process. Belgian captain Tessa Büllart’s right-footed mid-range shot also hit our defender’s leg and bounced off goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi and fell into the net.

Shortly before the end of the first half, Jang Chang’s bold left-footed mid-range shot hit the crossbar of the Belgian goal and was left with regret. And in the second half that followed, Belgium’s come-from-behind goal came from a set-piece opportunity from a left corner kick. 

In the 68th minute, when a roving ball from a sharp corner kick flew in front of our goal, goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi came out and tried to hit it with both hands, but our defenders were unable to push the Belgian players with good physiques properly.

A goalkeeper punching mistake landed right in front of him, and midfielder Tiné de Caini, who came on as a substitute six minutes earlier, turned around and kicked the ball with his right foot and rolled around and grazed the left column. Even at this moment, it was noticeable that our defenders were being pushed back physically.

In our team, ace Ji So-yeon, who recovered after undergoing ankle surgery last year, took on the role of playmaker and devoted herself, but could not open the Belgian goal further. In the 82nd minute, Ji So-yeon, who received Lee Geum-min’s pass, tried to equalize with a left-footed mid-range shot from the front, but it was regrettable that it flew right in front of the goalkeeper and was caught.

In the 84th minute, head coach Colin Bell sent in Park Eun-sun, a multi-player with excellent physique, in place of Son Hwa-yeon, emphasizing that he should not be pushed back in a physical fight, but he could not defeat the Belgian defenders alone.

Now our players will meet Italy at the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol at 1:45 am on Thursday the 23rd and wrap up the tournament.

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