Matchday 3 of Group E at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. South Korea and Spain met on a cliffhanger. The two teams in a group with Brazil and Costa Rica, each with a 1-1 record, faced off for a spot in the Round of 16. It was a must-win situation.메이저사이트
The fate of the tournament hinged on the third match of the group stage. South Korea lost 0-2 to Brazil in the first round and drew 2-2 with Costa Rica in the second round. Costa Rica earned their first point of the tournament. Spain, making their first appearance at the World Cup, drew 1-1 with Costa Rica in the first leg and lost 0-1 to Brazil in the second.
It was a close game. South Korea was outplayed early on by Spain’s technical soccer. They took the lead in the 29th minute through Veronica Vero. However, they were able to break through on the flank. Eight minutes into the second half, Cho So-hyun headed home a cross from Kang Yoo-mi to equalize. In the 33rd minute, Kim Soo-yeon’s cross was headed into the back of the net. In stoppage time, Spain’s free kick hit the post to seal the 2-1 victory.
With one win, one draw, one loss, and four points against Spain, South Korea clinched a spot in the Round of 16. Despite a 0-3 loss to France in the round of 16, it was their best-ever showing as they advanced to the tournament for the first time. It was only the second time since the 2003 tournament that they had reached the round of 16. They have since qualified for the 2019 tournament and the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but have been knocked out in the group stage twice in a row.
In fact, Spain has been weaker in women’s soccer than in men’s soccer. This is their third appearance at the World Cup. Prior to this tournament, the team had a record of just 1 win, 2 draws, 4 losses, 6 goals scored, and 8 goals conceded in 7 matches. They are 19th in the all-time World Cup rankings, two spots above South Korea. They failed to reach the round of 16 in their first appearance in 2015, but four years later they reached the round of 16 at the 2019 tournament. This time, they made it all the way to the final.
They opened with two straight wins in Group C. They beat Costa Rica 3-0 in the first game, and Zambia 5-0 in the second. However, they suffered a shock 0-4 loss to Japan in their final group game. They bounced back in the tournament. They conquered European teams to reach the final. They defeated Switzerland 5-1 in the round of 16, then beat the Netherlands 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they beat Sweden 2-1.
England, who will play Spain in the final, are also in their first Women’s World Cup final. They finished third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. By reaching the final, they booked their best finish ever. In the end, whoever wins the Spain-England final will make history. Only four countries have ever won the Women’s World Cup. The United States has been crowned four times, Germany twice, and Norway and Japan once. The fifth winner will be either Spain or England.
[Image: Spain players (red jerseys) celebrate after winning the semifinal against Sweden, and England players (light blue jerseys) celebrate after beating Australia to reach the final. Photo by Getty Images]