South Korea ral­lies into next round

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Soo-yun Kim scored the win­ner in the 78th minute to cap South Korea’s 2-1 come­back over Spain on Wed­nes­day night at Ot­tawa to reach the knock­out stage of the Women’s World Cup.

So­nia Ber­mudez’s free kick in the fifth minute of stop­page time hit the cross­bar and went over the net, end­ing the game and the first World Cup ap­pear­ance for Spain (0-2-1).

South Korea (1-1-1) fin­ished sec­ond to Brazil in Group E and will play France on Sun­day in the round of 16.

Kim floated her shot from the just out­side the penalty box and over the hands of div­ing goal­keeper Ain­hoa Ti­rapu.

South Korea tied it when Yu-mi Kang passed the ball over three de­fend­ers to team cap­tain So-hyun Cho, who headed the ball home in the 53rd minute.

Spain’s Veron­ica Bo­quete scored her only goal of the tour­na­ment in the 29th minute.

Brazil 1, Costa Rica 0: Raquel Fer­nan­des scored in the 83rd minute and Brazil (3-0-0) won in Monc­ton, Canada.

The Costa Ri­cans needed a re­sult against Brazil, which had al­ready clinched the top spot in the group by win­ning its first two games.

But Fer­nan­des beat Din­nia Diaz and the Ti­cos were de­nied a spot in the knock­out round.

Costa Rica (0-1-2) had been the lone World Cup new­comer with­out a loss prior to Wed­nes­day’s de­feat. But the Brazil­ians con­trolled 64% of the pos­ses­sion and had a 20-3 edge in shots.

Brazil, which ad­vanced with­out al­low­ing a goal, will face Aus­tralia on Sun­day, also in Monc­ton.

Sean Kil­patrick As­so­ci­ated Press

SOUTH KOREA’S So-hyun Cho (8) cel­e­brates her sec­ond-half goal off a header with team­mate Kwon Hah­nul. The goal tied the score at 1-1.

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