European striker Lee Geum-min (Brighton) scored a hat-trick, and ‘Park Ratan’ Park Eun-sun (Seoul City Hall) scored two consecutive games and multi-goal. Both mock exams were decorated with victories.
The women’s national team (ranked 17th in FIFA rankings) led by coach Colin Bell won 5-0 against Zambia (ranked 73rd) at Yongin Myr Stadium on the 11th in the second leg of the A-match evaluation match. The women’s national team, which won 5-2 in the first match held in Suwon four days ago, once again scored a victory with a hot goal.
Korean women’s soccer, which has played an A match by calling an African team for the first time in history, is tied to Group H with Germany, Morocco and Colombia in the finals of the 2023 Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup scheduled for June. Zambia was a ‘virtual Morocco’. Morocco is considered the weakest team in Group H, and it is an opponent that Korea must catch in order to pass the group stage. Although Korea is ahead of Zambia in terms of objective power, they gained confidence by putting on a ’10-goal fire show’.
In particular, this is the result obtained when key airlifters such as Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC), Choi Yu-ri (Hyundai Steel), and Shim Seo-yeon (Suwon FC) are missing due to line injuries.
‘Bell Ho’ has suffered defeat by conceding two or more goals in all three Arnold Clark Cup friendly matches held in England in February. On the 7th, the defense was shaken by conceding multiple goals until the first game (5-2 win) against Zambia, but on this day, the goalless victory was a long-awaited victory, and the steps toward the World Cup were lightened.
In the first game against Zambia, Bell appointed Park Eun-seon, who scored a goal in an A match for the first time in nine years, as a starter in the second game. Son Hwa-yeon (Hyundai Steel) was placed as a two-top frontman. New midfielder Bae Ye-bin (Widuk University) also got a chance to start in the second line, while European players Cho So-hyun (Tottenham) and Lee Geum-min stood. Seulgi Jang (Hyundai Steel) and Hyojoo Choo (Suwon FC) were the left and right wingbacks in defense, while Yunji Kim (Suwon FC) Hyeji Hong and Hyeri Kim (Hyundai Steel) formed the three back. The goalkeeper was Yoon Young-geul (BK Heken).
Zambia launched a 4-2-3-1 formation with Lubanji Ochunba in the front line. 안전놀이터
From the beginning, Korea used the mobility of Seulgi Jang and Hyojoo Choo to knock on the Zambia side. Park Eun-seon’s header took the lead in the first minute of kick-off. In the 4th minute of the first half, Kim Hye-ri came up to the offensive area and hit a mid-range shot. He increased possession of the ball and drove Zambia.
Zambia did not back down easily either. In the 13th minute of the first half, Ochunba attempted a shot from the right side of the penalty area in the counterattack opportunity, but was embraced by goalkeeper Yoon Young-geul. In the 24th and 26th minutes of the first half, Wirumbe Meru and Vanda Barbra threatened Korea with consecutive threatening shots.