Korea began its 2023 Women’s World Cup campaign with a disappointing result. The team lost to lower-ranked Colombia 2-0. Thus, the Taeguk Ladies must do their best to avoid another defeat in the knockout stage.
According to people who bet on football, the Taeguk Ladies were confident as they headed to the match against Colombia on Tuesday. However, they lost their confidence after Colombia scored the first goal in the 30th minute. After that, Colombia scored another goal. As a result, Korea was down by two goals going into the halftime break.
Korea’s coach Colin Bell used his strongest players, including veterans Lee Geum-min, Kim Hyeri, Cho So-yun, and Ji So-yun. They began the first ten minutes strong as they displayed a potent offense against Colombia’s aggressive playstyle.
Korea Starts World Cup Campaign with a Loss
According to online sports betting reports, the intensity of the onslaught dwindled after the 15-minute mark. The game remained even until Shim Seo-yeon conceded a penalty for a handball inside the penalty area. Thus, Colombia had the opportunity to score the first goal. Catalina Usme made no mistake from the spot to give her team a 1-0 lead.
The goal completely deflated the Korean team. According to football betting experts, the once-ferocious offense soon deteriorated into a ragtag bunch of misfires. The defense was far more muscular than it needed to be, through balls flew wide, and attacks fizzled out before they got going.
After nine minutes of pressure had put Korea on the back foot, Colombia hammered home a second goal. Linda Caicedo’s shot was saved by Yoon Young-geul, who had both hands on the ball. However, they could not move it out of the goal area.
After what was probably a stern halftime pep talk from Bell, Korea came out with renewed vigor and optimism for the second half. The team seemed more united and less frustrated, but they still had trouble passing the ball effectively in the middle of the field.