Although South Korea finished last in Group A with zero points, they ended their 2019 Women’s World Cup in style with a wonderful goal against one of the tournament’s stronger sides in Norway.
South Korea found themselves behind the curve early after falling 4-0 to tournament hosts France in the 2019 Women’s World Cup opener, and it didn’t get much better for them afterwards.
They lost to Nigeria 2-0 in their second game and found themselves down 2-0 to Norway thanks to a tandem of penalty kicks.
However, South Korea kept fighting in their final game despite already being eliminated during the group stages of the competition, and they ended their World Cup with a wonderful goal.
In the 78th minute, 25-year-old midfielder Lee Geum-min perfectly chested down an accurate cross from the right, and she clearly wanted to create a special killer pass for one of South Korea’s strikers.
Lee did exactly that, providing a classy back-heel, nutmeg assist for Yeo Min-ji, who coolly stroked the ball past Norway’s veteran keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth.
Although South Korea lost 2-1 to Norway in their final game to seal zero points in the Women’s World Cup, that pass gave them quite the send-off. They only scored one goal in three World Cup games, but at least that goal was a special one.
Lee Geum-min’s cheeky pass should go down as one of the assists of the tournament, and it’s something she can hang her hat on when this tournament officially wraps up.
The finish itself deserves praise, too. Norway defender and Chelsea star Maren Mjelde was all over Yeoi, who had to use her strength to hold off the star center back and find a way to score while falling to the ground.
But she made it look easy and ensured that Lee’s tricky pass would go rewarded with a late goal for South Korea.
Norway finished second in the group behind France with six points and will head to the knockout stages, though there’s concern for star striker Caroline Graham Hansen following her apparent ankle injury during the game.
All eyes will be peeled on updates regarding Graham Hansen, who is a critical part of this team’s hopes in this year’s World Cup.