South Korea defeated Canada 2-0 on Thursday in Group C of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which is being held in Costa Rica, in a duel in which the South Koreans benefited from set-pieces.
Brooklyn Courtyard (own goal, 53) and Moon Hyun (62) scored the goals of the match, which was played at the National Stadium in San Jose.
The match lacked great chances. Canada tried to take the lead, but they weren’t comfortable against an opponent who didn’t hold back and found a real goldmine in corner kicks, despite the Canadians’ high.
In one of those corner kicks, the Canadian goalkeeper, considered the best in CONCACAF, failed miserably when trying to block punches. The ball passed in front of her and she ended up hitting her teammate Brooklyn Courtnale to zero.
Soon, two o’clock came. Also in a corner kick. But this time it was Moon Hyun who came from behind into a tower over a defender and headed the ball into the net.
Attempts by Canadian midfielder Simi Ojo to lead the game and attempts by strikers Olivia Smith and Holly Ward to see the goal were in vain.
With this result, South Korea leads Group C with three points, like Nigeria, but with a better goal difference. France and Canada turn off the switch without units.
jjr / March