The Korean women’s soccer team, which will compete in the World Cup, defeated Zambia in Africa.
The women’s national team (ranked 17th in the world), led by head coach Colin Bell, beat Zambia (ranked 77th in the world) 5-2 at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 7th.
Korea, which is preparing for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which opens in Australia and New Zealand in July, prepared an evaluation match against Zambia, which belongs to the same African continent, in preparation for Morocco, which will face off in the group stage. South Korea was drawn 1-2 in the first half, but they won the game in a come-from-behind victory by showing off their hot attacking power by scoring 4 goals in the second half alone.
After successfully completing the first evaluation match on this day, Korea will play the second evaluation match against Zambia at Mir Stadium in Yongin on the 11th.
Forget the sluggish first half… Korea scored 4 goals in the second half
Korea had Son Hwa-yeon (Hyundai Steel) as the one-top striker, Lee Geum-min (Brighton), Cho So-hyun (Tottenham), Jang Seul-gi (Hyundai Steel), Kim Yun-ji (Suwon FC) ) was placed in the midfield. Hyo-Joo Choo (Suwon FC) and Seol-Bin Jeong (Hyundai Steel) were in charge of left and right wingbacks, and Hye-Ri Kim, Seon-Joo Lim, and Hye-Ji Hong (Hyundai Steel) formed the defense.
From the start of the game, South Korea dominated with strong forward pressure, and in the 24th minute of the first half, Cho So-hyun, who received a cross from Kim Hye-ri, scored the first goal with a right-footed shot.
However, in the 32nd minute of the first half, Lim Seon-ju was injured while blocking the opponent’s striker and collapsed, leaving 10 players running for a while. Zambia took the lead at once and turned it 1-2 with Barbra Banda scoring a come-from-behind goal in the extra time of the first half.
Korea started the second half and put Park Eun-seon in to change the atmosphere. In the 13th minute of the second half, Park Eun-sun headed the ball from the back, and Lee Geum-min tied the score 2-2 with a witty shot that slightly exceeded the goalkeeper’s height.
In the 17th minute of the second half, Lee Geum-min also broke through the Zambian defense and scored a come-from-behind goal with a low, accurate shot that shook the net.
In the 39th minute of the second half, Jo So-Hyun, the ‘leader of the first goal’, scored a key goal, and Park Eun-Sun quickly pushed the ball that the opponent’s goalkeeper and defense missed during the extra time of the second half, enjoying the joy of a 5-2 victory.
‘Game Changer’ Park Eun-seon, ‘Impressed’ to score in A match in 9 years
In Korea, Jo So-Hyun and Lee Geum-Min, the ‘Europeans’, scored multiple goals side by side to lead Korea to victory, but Park Eun-Seon was the main character of the game.
Park Eun-seon broke the balance of Zambia’s defense with her overwhelming air power. Zambia opened up a gap as two or three defenders clung to it to block Park Eun-sun, and thanks to this, Cho So-hyun and Lee Geum-min widened their range and were able to score goals.
Coach Bell praised Park Eun-sun after the game, saying, “I’m happy with Park Eun-sun’s performance,” and “Park Eun-sun changed the game that day.” ‘Red Captain’ Zambia coach Bruce Mwafe also emphasized, “Park Eun-sun, who was put into the second half, played well. In particular, the fight for air supremacy was impressive.”
Park Eun-seon is 180 cm tall and has received a lot of attention since her debut with her physique and goal-making ability comparable to that of male players. At just 17 years old, she scored seven goals in the 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Asian qualifiers, leading Korea to its first-ever qualifying round, emerging as a leading striker in charge of Korean women’s soccer. 안전놀이터
However, in order to solve the hardships of life, she joined the Seoul City Hall immediately after graduating from high school, but was severely punished by suspension from participation in three tournaments for violating the Korea Women’s Football Federation’s rule that she must play for two years in college. Park Eun-seon’s extraordinary physique and strength were a problem and asked for a gender test.
In Korea, even the coaches of the WK league club demanded a gender test for Park Eun-seon, causing controversy over ‘human rights violations’. gradually forgotten.
However, Park Eun-seon, wearing the national team uniform again after being called by coach Bell, reciprocated the expectations by scoring a goal that day. Park Eun-seon’s A-match score is nine years since the Asian Cup match against Australia in May 2014. Park Eun-sun said after the game, “I feel good because I scored a goal in a long time.”
For Park Eun-seon, who turned 36 this year, this World Cup is virtually her final stage. Attention is focusing on what kind of activity Park Eun-sun, who is burning a flame after a long wandering, will show on the World Cup stage.