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The South Korea women’s national soccer team, led by head coach Colleen Bell, has suffered its second straight loss in group play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023.

South Korea lost 0-1 to Morocco in their second Group H match on Sept. 30 (KST) in Adelaide, Australia. The scoreless streak follows a 0-2 loss to Colombia on Sept. 25.

Prior to the tournament, South Korea had been preparing with Bell for four years. The team was determined to erase the nightmare of three consecutive group stage defeats at the 2019 tournament in France. In particular, Bell emphasized physical fitness to prepare for European soccer.

After qualifying for the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 2003, South Korea has now qualified for the World Cup for the third time in a row and the fourth time in its history, starting with the 2015 tournament in Canada. South Korea had previously reached the round of 16 in Canada 2015.

The draw wasn’t bad. South Korea is ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings. They were paired with 72nd-ranked Morocco, 25th-ranked Colombia, and second-ranked Germany, and were expected to cruise through except for Germany. Some players were looking beyond the round of 16 to the quarterfinals.

All the pieces were in place for the first game against Colombia, but the bar was high on the world stage. South Korea didn’t get off to a good start, making mistake after mistake against Colombia.

Game 2 was even worse. They desperately needed a win against Morocco, who were considered the weakest team in Group H, but they conceded a goal in the first six minutes. They dominated possession but failed to create any impressive shots. 꽁머니사이트

South Korea were hoping to qualify for the tournament for the first time in eight years, but their chances are now slim. This time around, the second-place team in each group advances to the round of 16. Colombia leads Group H with two wins, while Germany and Morocco are in the middle of the pack with one win each. South Korea is in last place with two losses.

The number of lies is that South Korea wins its final group game against Germany by five goals in Brisbane on March 3, and Morocco loses to Colombia. In that case, South Korea, Germany, and Morocco would all be tied for second place with one win and two losses.

The current goal differential is Germany +5, Morocco -5, and South Korea -3. If South Korea beats Germany by 4 goals, the goal differential is equalized at +1. However, Germany has seven goals and South Korea has zero, so they need a five-goal win.

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