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South Korea 2 (Cho Sohyun 53, Kim Sooyun 78) Spain 1 (Boquete 29)
A cross-cum-shot turned out to be the deciding factor as South Korea came from a goal behind at half time to beat Spain 2-1 and reach the World Cup knockout stages for the first time, whilst eliminating their opponents in the process.
The match had become a 'winner takes all' affair following the opening results and it was Spain who were the better side throughout the first half, almost taking the lead early on when Natalia Pablos Sanchon fire a shot on the turn narrowly past the post.
With taliswoman Veronica Boquete orchestrating matters in midfield, Spain continued to press against a tentative looking Korean side and it was no surprise when they took the lead just before the half hour following a fine move.
Leire Landa slid a pass down the left for Marta Corredera who drove into the area and set up the chance for Boquete to power a left foot shot into the back of the net.
Natalia was almost in for a second before the break but angle proved to be too tight and her shot flew straight at Kim Jungmi, meaning that Spain took their one-goal lead into half time.
In the second half, South Korea needed to step up their game and did so, providing a great move of their own to level the scores within eight minutes of the restart. Ji So Yun's pass picked out Kang Yumi on the right, she took on Landa before her cross was headed in at full stretch by Cho Sohyun from six yards.
A draw would be of no use to either side at this stage, meaning that both teams had to drive forward in an attempt to pick up the victory they needed, resulting in an end-to-end game. Spain were next to attack with Boquete playing in Corredera whose shot was saved by Kim Jungmi.
Silvia Meseguer also had a good chance for Spain before South Korea struck a stunning and fortuitous blow with twelve minutes left. There appeared no danger to the Spanish defence when Jeon Gaeul fed Kim Sooyun on the right but her cross from the right was overhit, so much so that it caught out Ainhoa Tirapu, sailing over her head and dropping inside the far post.
The fluke goal had virtually condemned Spain to going out of the tournament but they threw everything they could at the Koreans to try and salvage the situation. Sonia Bermudez fired over at the far post from Marta Torrejon's deep cross and then, deep into injury time, Spain were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and Bermudez curled her shot against the bar.
It was a cruel way to go out for Spain who had promised so much with their attacking play but a succession of missed chances, particularly in their opening match against Costa Rica, proved to be their downfall. South Korea meanwhile can look forward to the last sixteen where they will be up against France.
South Korea: Kim Jungmi, Lee Eunmi, Kwon Hahnul, Shim Seoyeon, Kim Hyeri (sub Kim Sooyun 45mins), Hwang Boram, Jeon Gaeul, Cho Sohyun, Park Eunsun (sub Yoo Younga 59mins), Ji So Yun, Kang Yumi (sub Park Heeyoung 77mins).
Spain: Ainhoa Tirapu, Celia Jimenez, Leire Landa, Marta Torrejon, Irene Paredes, Virginia Torrecilla, Natalia Pablos Sanchon (sub Sonia Bermudez 63mins), Marta Corredera (sub Erika Vazquez 75mins), Veronica Boquete, Vicky Losada (sub Silvia Meseguer 57mins), Alexia Putellas.
Player of the match: Ji So Yun.
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