In the first game of the World Cup year,스포츠토토 Korean women’s football was completely defeated by England, which is ranked 4th in the FIFA World Ranking, confirming the gap with the world stage.
The Korean women’s national soccer team (ranked 15th), led by coach Colin Bell, lost 0-4 to England in the first leg of the 2023 Arnold Clark Cup held at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, England on the 17th.
Korea, where key players such as Ace Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) could not play due to injuries, struggled against England, the “European champion” who won the Women’s Euro 2022 (2022 European Championships), and received a big homework ahead of the World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand this summer. heard.
The Arnold Clark Cup is an international friendly competition hosted by the Football Association of England. While Korea, England, Italy, and Belgium are participating in the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, three countries except Belgium are participating in the Women’s World Cup, so it is a good opportunity to strengthen their strength and gain experience.
Korea’s ‘ace’ Ji So-yeon, who suffered an ankle injury, kept the bench because she was not in perfect physical condition, and players who had been in charge of the midfield, such as Cho So-hyun (Tottenham), Lee Young-joo (Madrid CFF), and Lee Min-ah (Hyundai Steel), were not in the national team due to injury. Since I couldn’t even join, I had to play a difficult match.
England stormed hard from the first half, but Korea held up well with a tight defense, but eventually gave up the opening goal at the end of the first half. In the 40th minute of the first half, Jang Seul-gi fouled in the penalty area and awarded a penalty kick, and Georgia Stanway shook the net.
In the 1st minute of the second half, Chloe Kelly’s shot from the left side of the penalty kick was deflected off Lee Geum-min’s foot and was sucked into the net to give Korea an additional goal. In the 5th minute of the second half, Russo stepped in to Alex Greenwood’s cross from the left and made it 3-0. In the 33rd minute of the second half, James conceded another goal on a shot from the front of the goal area, finishing with a 0-4 complete defeat.