South Korea rallies into next round
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.
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.