Ibtissam Jraidi scores Morocco’s first goal at FIFA Women’s World Cup as they became the third debutantes to win a game at these global finals. Morocco pulled off a remarkable upset to defeat the Korean Republic 1-0 in Adelaide. The world No72 scored early and held their ground against the ranked 55 places above them. Salma Amani’s cross met a fine diving header from Ibtissam Jraidi, who directed her effort beyond Korea goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi for the nation’s first-ever goal at the global finals. Both teams continued to have chances but neither could convert. If Germany wins against Colombia, then South Kore will be knocked out of the Women’s World Cup 2023 edition.
South Korea vs Morocco: Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two sides. Korea Republic have lost nine of their last 11 World Cup games, drawing one. Each of Morocco’s last nine games have seen one side fail to find the back of the net. South Korea’s defeat against Colombia ended a streak of six consecutive games that produced three goals or more. Morocco are winless in six games as they lost four in this streak and failed to score in each game. Korea Republic are appearing in their third successive World Cup, while Morocco are making their debut.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: South Korea vs Morocco Match Report
Morocco started the game with great intensity and they were hungry for their debut goal in the World Cup. It took only 6 minutes to open the scoring. Salma Amani’s cross met a fine diving header from Ibtissam Jraidi, who directed her effort beyond Korea goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi for the nation’s first-ever goal at the global finals. Morocco couldn’t fully dominate the game but they showed defensive stability which was needed against Korean wingers and midfielders. Both teams continued to have chances in an open first half but neither could convert.
The second half was the story of the Korean players trying to get themselves back into the game. Sixteen-year-old substitute Casey Phair had the best opportunity of the half when the ball fell to her feet near the penalty spot, but her shot went just wide. Morocco held on to their narrow lead and the full-time whistle brought joy for the underdogs and heartbreak for South Korea. The world No72 scored early and held their ground against the ranked 55 places above them. If Germany wins against Colombia tonight, Korea will be eliminated from the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: South Korea vs Morocco Live Blog
Korea Republic Lineup: Kim Jung-Mi, Hong Hye-Ji, Lim Seon-Joo, Kim Hye-Ri, Jang Sel-Gi, Choo Hyo-Joo, Cho So-Hyun, Lee Geum-Min, Ji So-Yun, Park Eun-Sun, Son Hwa-Yeon.
Morocco Lineup: Khadija Er-Rmichi, Zineb Redouani, Nesryne El Chad, Hanane Aït El Haj, Nouhaila Benzina, Fatima Tagnaout, Ghizlane Chebbak, Élodie Nakkach, Sakina Ouzraoui Diki, Ibtissam Jraïdi, Salma Amani.
Women’s World Cup 2023: South Korea vs Morocco | Kick Off | 10:00 A.M. (IST)
The most awaited game begins. Both teams are seeking their first victory in the Women’s World Cup 2023.
4′: Nice build-up play by Morocco.
South Korea vs Morocco | 6′ | Goallllll!!!… for Morocco
Ibtissam Jraidi gets in front of her marker and glances a perfect header into the far corner for Morocco’s maiden World Cup goal.
12′: It’s all Morocco at the moment.
15′: Almost two for Morocco. The header hit the roof of the net.
17′: Jraidi has started very promisingly up front for Morocco.
22′: Korea now have a hold in this contest.
28′: The midfield battle is on.
31′: Morocco breaks dangerously down the left before running out of steam.
34′: Korea’s players are not on the same wavelength as Morocco.
38′: Morocco earns a Free Kick.
40′: A short break as Nesryne El Chad is receiving treatment for taking a clearing volley in the face.
45+1′: Three minutes of added time to play at the end of the half.
South Korea (0) vs Morocco (1) | Half-time
Morocco have created the best opportunities, and despite Korea dominating possession in the latter stages of the half, they have looked out of order most of the time.
South Korea vs Morocco | 11:04 A.M. (IST)
The teams are back for the second half.
Women’s World Cup 2023: South Korea vs Morocco | Second half Kick Off | 46′
It’s raining and the second half begins at the Hindmarsh Stadium.
47′: Korea are trying to switch things up.
54′: Korea’s substitutes have made an immediate impact, offering width and energy.
62′: Morocco are failing to retain possession downfield. They haven’t dominated the game after getting the early lead.
65′: It’s still 0-1 in favour of Morocco.
70′: 19-year-old Sarah Kassi is coming for Morocco to provide some fresh legs.
73′: Rosella Ayane comes on in replacing Ibtissam Jraidi.
77′: Korea continues to probe, upping the intensity, and playing more combination football.
82′: So-Yun Ji clips the free-kick straight into the wall.
88′: End-to-end clash at the Adelaide.
90′: Six minutes of added time for Morocco to hold out.
90+5′: Chebbak does well to carry the ball into the left corner. She provides a cross that Bouftini spins and flicks behind at the near post.
Women’s World Cup 2023: South Korea (0) vs Morocco (1) | Full time
Morocco hold on to their narrow lead and earned all three points from the important fixture. South Korea is out of the competition officially as they failed to register a victory in their two matches.