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South Korea 2 (Ji So Yun pen 21, Jeon Gaeul 25) Costa Rica 2 (Herrera 17, Villalobos 89)
A late equaliser from Karla Villalobos kept a resilient Costa Rica side in a qualification place in Group E after South Korea had looked on course for their first World Cup victory.
The result means that Brazil are confirmed as group winners but who will go through with them remains in the balance with the final matches left to play.
It was the Central American side who opened the scoring with seventeen minutes on the clock. Carol Sanchez pumped a long free kick forward from the halfway line and Melissa Herrera reacted quicker than the Korean defence, stealing in to dink the ball over Kim Jungmi and despite Shim Seoyeon's desperate efforts to clear, goal line technology confirmed the ball had crossed the line.
However within eight minutes, the game had been turned completely on its head. First, Yoo Younga was tripped in the area by Cristin Granados, allowing Ji So Yun to coolly send Dinnia Diaz the wrong way from the spot. A further four minutes elapsed before Ji's pass released Kang Yumi down the right and her cross picked out Jeon Gaeul who gave Diaz no chance with a neat glancing header inside the far post.
South Korea took their lead into the break and should really have been awarded a second penalty when Younga was brought down by Diana Saenz, the striker having been on the line of the area when the challenge was made. Instead, a free kick was awarded and Gaeul nearly took advantage, whipping in a low shot which was saved by Diaz at the near post.
Costa Rica had their opportunities as well with Lixy Rodriguez going close through a 20-yard strike which crashed against the post with Kim Jungmi beaten.
Lee Geummin was close to a third for the Koreans but a dangerous cross from Jung Seolbin was just out of her reach as she tried to slide in and score.
The game though was to have a nasty sting in the tail for South Korea as Costa Rica once again pulled off an admirable fightback. Granados' pass picked out Villalobos whose excellent first touch set up the chance to steer the ball past Jungmi and Las Ticas were back on level terms.
Costa Rica were even close to snatching a win in injury time when Katherine Alvarado's free kick eluded everyone in the area and sailed narrowly wide of the goal.
South Korea: Kim Jungmi, Lee Eunmi, Kwon Hahnul, Shim Seoyeon, Kim Hyeri (sub Lim Seonjoo 84mins), Hwang Boram, Jeon Gaeul, Cho Sohyun, Yoo Younga (sub Lee Geummin 77mins), Ji So Yun, Kang Yumi (sub Jung Seolbin 63mins).
Costa Rica: Dinnia Diaz, Wendy Acosta, Katherine Alvarado, Lixy Rodriguez, Diana Saenz, Carol Sanchez, Melissa Herrera, Maria Barrantes (sub Karla Villalobos 76mins), Cristin Granados, Shirley Cruz, Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno.
Player of the match: Cristin Granados.
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