The Korean women’s soccer team was completely defeated by England, 메이저놀이터 fourth in the FIFA World Ranking, and realized the gap with the world’s strongest.

Although it should be considered that he met the European champion in a situation where he was not at 100% full strength, several weaknesses revealed in the ‘World Cup Mock Exam 1st Period’ came to mind as homework.

Korea, led by coach Colin Bell (England), lost to England 0-4 in the first leg of the 2023 Arnold Clark Cup held at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, England on the 17th (Korean time).

Korea, where many key players such as “Ace” Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) and “Madangsoe” Cho So-hyeon (Tottenham) were unable to emerge due to injuries, struggled against England, which is 11 places higher in the world rankings.

He gave up the initiative early on in the back fight and played a difficult game. He also struggled to move the ball forward. The absence of Jo So-hyun, who runs a lot and presses the opponent, and Lee Young-joo (Madrid CFF), who has good ball control, was painful.

The influence of Jo So-Hyun, Lee Young-Joo, and Lee Min-Ah (Hyundai Steel) who had been in charge of the midfield for so long could not join the national team due to injury was evident. As time went on, the inferiority became more noticeable as the play of possession of the ball in midfield and attempting to pass forward with quick judgment disappeared.

Until the middle of the first half, the sticky defense didn’t allow a goal. With a three-back close to a five-back, he built up a thick defensive line and withstood the enemy offensive.

Seulgi Jang (above Hyundai Steel), who played as left wingback with veteran centre-back Lim Seon-joo in the center, continued to keep scoreless with vigorous activity.

However, in the 30th minute of the second half, cracks began to open. In the 30th minute of the first half, Georgia Stenway’s header landed in the upper net, and in the 38th minute, Alessia Russo’s mid-range shot hit the post.

In the end, they could not withstand the wave of offensive flow and gave up the opening goal with a penalty kick five minutes before the end of the first half.

It was also unfortunate that he scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Both goals were conceded from the left flank, but in a situation where the flow of the game was lost, the defense response and effective counterattack attempts emerged as tasks.

It is clear that it is a difficult mock test. England is the ‘European Champion’ who won the Women’s Euro 2022 (2022 European Championship).

Korea aims to advance to the round of 16 at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which opens in July. The Arnold Clark Cup is an international friendly competition hosted by the England Football Association, and four countries, including Korea, England, Italy and Belgium, open a full league to determine the winner.

Excluding Belgium, three countries are participating in this year’s World Cup. It is a good opportunity for Korea to gain experience and refine tactics. On the 14th, Jang Seul-gi, the main defender, hinted at the meaning of the first mock test this year, saying, “Of course there will be many difficulties, but facing a strong team ahead of the World Cup will be of great help to our team.”

Korea will play the second game against Belgium on the 20th and the third game against Italy on the 23rd. Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to show changes in the second and third rounds by making up for his weaknesses in the first period of the mock exam.

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