Korea draws with England at U-20 Women's World Cup
Posted : 2014-08-07 16:59
Updated : 2014-08-07 18:00
Korea's Lee So-dam takes a successful penalty kick during a Group C match against England at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Moncton, Canada, Thursday (KST). / Courtesy of Korea Football Association
By Kim Tae-jong
Korea opened its Group C matches with a 1-1 draw against England at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Moncton, Canada, Thursday (KST).
Lee So-dam scored with a penalty in the 15th minute, but the Koreans allowed Martha Harris an equalizer in the 68th.
The result left Group C all ties as Nigeria and Mexico also drew 1-1 later in the day. Korea will play their second match against Nigeria on Aug. 10, while England will face Mexico on the same day.
Korea appeared to dominate the game in the beginning, creating several chances.
The team finally took the lead after England's Aoife Mannion touched the ball with her hand on a cross from Jang Sel-gi on the right flank; and Lee blasted the penalty home.
Later, the Koreans pushed their opponents hard, but failed to score another goal.
In the 35th minute, Lee Geum-min sent a left-foot shot wide, and just a minute later, Kim Hye-yeong's close-range header narrowly missed.
But England started to aggressively push back, which sometimes allowed space for the Koreans to exploit.
Katie Zelem's shot hit the crossbar after Harris created space to cross from the right wing. Nikita Parris' cross-shot was cleared by Korean goalkeeper Min Yu-kyeong.
In the second half, the two sides exchanged unsuccessful attacks.
Korea created a few powerful threats through set pieces but failed to capitalize on them, which proved costly. Zelem made a strong direct free-kick and Korea's keeper failed to clear the ball, allowing Harris to tap in the equalizer.
Later, Korea had a chance to take the lead again when Lee So-dam delivered a strong free-kick in the 71st minute but this was unsuccessful.
The Koreans almost gave up a goal in the 43rd minute, as Bethany Mead dribbled past Korea's two full-backs and moved into the box. But she was unable to put the ball behind Korea's keeper.