Korea Women's U-20 national team failed to reach the quarterfinals of U-20 World Cup
Date : 2016.11.22
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Korea Women's U-20 national team failed to reach the quarterfinals of U-20 World Cup four times in a row. The U-20 national team was placed in the third of the group D with 1 win and 2 losses in the 2016 World Cup which was held in Papua New Guinea. Germany (3 wins) and Mexico (2wins and 1 loss) proceeded to the next round.
0-2 loss against Mexico on November 14 was the biggest blow. Korea conceded two goals in the second half. Korean defenders were not able to stop Mexican attackers who showed outstanding techniques and skills. The team's lack of international experience was another factor of the failure.
The defeat made the Venezuela game even more important. However, Korea managed to win 3-0 against the South American team. Goalkeeper Kim Minjeong made a number of super saves while Namgung Yeji, Han Chaerin and Kim Sungmi scored.
Korea revived a lay of hope for the quarterfinals with the victory against Venezuela. However, Germany was not an easy opponent to play against. The 2004, 2010 and 2014 champion emasculated Korea with a strong defense organization. Korea conceded two goals in the first half and had difficulties to find an attacking opportunity.
As the second half began, Korea tried to change the atmosphere of the game by putting new players. In the latter stage of the game, Korea started increasing the ball possession as German players became tired. Korea fought until the last minute but failed to score. The match ended 0-3 to Germany.
Korea women's U 20 took the third place in 2010 World Cup. The lady Taegeuk Warriors also proceeded to the quarterfinals in the 2012 and 2014 competition. Unfortunately, it was not the case in 2016 after putting everything for the 270 minutes.
Words: Kwon Taejeong in Port Morseby
English translation: Cho Keonho
Photo: FA Photos