Belho, aiming for the ‘first ever Olympic finals’, drew 0-0 in the return match with North Korea… Laying the foundation for the semifinals

 The women’s national soccer team, led by coach Colin Bell, drew a draw in the ‘North-South Showdown’ against North Korea and laid the foundation for advancing to the Olympic finals for the first time in history.스포츠토토

Belho drew 0-0 with North Korea in the second match of Group B of the 2024 Paris Olympics Asian second qualifying round held at the Xiamen Egret Stadium in Fujian Province, China on the 29th.

The group stage is progressing smoothly. Korea won 10-1 against Thailand in the first game. Even in Group B of the ‘Group of Death’, they won one valuable point against North Korea, which was considered the strongest team, and maintained the lead in the group (4 points, 1 win, 1 draw, goal difference +9). North Korea (1 win, 1 draw, goal difference +1) is tied with South Korea in points, but falls behind in goal difference.

In addition, South Korea failed to advance to the semifinals at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, losing 1-4 to North Korea in the quarterfinals, but this time, they drew a draw, bringing their record against North Korea to 1 win, 4 draws, and 16 losses. The only time Korea won a women’s soccer A match was in the 2005 East Asian Cup (1-0).

Coach Bell came up with the 3-4-1-2 tactic. Cheon Garam (KSPO) and mixed-race player Casey Eugene Pair went on a goal hunt as the top two, and Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) supported them. Hyo-joo Choo (Suwon FC) and Eun-young Lee (Korea University) were in charge of the left and right wingbacks, and Seul-gi Jang (Hyundai Steel) and Eun-ha Jeon (Suwon FC) were in charge of the midfield. Here, a three-back was formed with Shim Seo-yeon (Suwon FC), Lee Young-ju (Madrid CFF), and Kim Hye-ri (Hyundai Steel). Kim Jeong-mi (Hyundai Steel) wore the goalkeeper gloves.

North Korea dominated the game in the early part of the first half, but South Korea also created several threatening scenes. In the 35th minute of the first half, Seulgi Jang exchanged one-two passes with Eunha Jeon and rushed to the goal, but it was unfortunate that she was blocked by the opposing defender’s tackle.

North Korea went on the offensive, but South Korea established a solid defensive line and blocked North Korea’s attack. In the end, both teams scored one point each.

The women’s national soccer team, which has never advanced to the Olympic finals, aims to advance to the semifinals against China at the same stadium on the 1st of next month.

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