Colombia registered a convincing 2-0 victory over South Korea to kickstart their campaign in style at the Sydney football stadium. The Angelo Marsiglia-coached side displayed tremendous performance on the field as they ran riot against a clueless South Korean side.
Colombia clearly was the better of the two sides in the match since they dominated almost every department of the game for the majority of the time period. The side has 58% of the ball possession. They also attempted 17 shots in total besides completing close to 300 passes in the game.
Following this win, Colombia are now placed second in their group table with 3 points to their name. South Korea meanwhile are third in the table just above Morocco with a slightly better goal difference than the Africans.
The first seemingly major opportunity of the game came in for South Korea when they were awarded a free kick in the 9th minute. Chor nodded down the set piece and played a tight one-two pass inside the penalty area and eventually forced a brilliant save from Perez.
Colombia too did have their chance which eventually gave them the lead as they were awarded a penalty in the 29th minute following a South Korean handball in the box. Catalina Usme stepped up and confidently found the bottom left corner with her side-footed shot to make it 1-0.
It took just 9 more minutes for Colombia to double their lead. Caucedo won the ball after South Korea’s goal kick and charged towards the goal before cutting inside ahead of the two defenders. She unleashed a lovely curling shot which the goalkeeper Yoon erroneously spilled as the ball ended up into the back of her net.
Just before the end of the first half, South Korea came close to pulling one back when Choe did brilliantly well to get past both Carabali and Arias to send in a fine cross in the box. Lee Guem Min who was waiting at the perfect position rose high to nod the ball perfectly on target only to be denied by a fantastic lunging save by Perez to party here shot away to safety.
The second half didn’t see anything different in particular as Colombia continued to dominate most of the times. The side came close to a third goal in the 62nd minute when Vanegas found Usme with a simple pass who put in a dangerous cross for Ramirez inside the box. The strike though off balance managed to head the ball as her attempt ended up inches wide off the goal! FT:- Colombia 2-0 South Korea.
Colombia shall next be facing off against Germany on Sunday. Meanwhile South Korea shall be taking on Morocco in their upcoming group stage match.