Women's World Cup Recap - Colombia vs. North Korea|
(Wednesday, July 6, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Colombia 0, North Korea 0
Bochum, Germany (Sports Network) - Colombia and North Korea crashed out of
the Women's World Cup on Wednesday without scoring a goal as the teams played
to a 0-0 draw in their final group-stage match.
Both countries were already eliminated from the tournament, having lost their
first two matches in Group C. Colombia fell 1-0 to Sweden and 3-0 to the
United States, while North Korea fell 2-0 to the United States and 1-0 to
In the opening half, Colombia found it very difficult to get in behind the
North Korean defense, resulting in an onslaught of long-range efforts, all of
which failed to test Hong Myong-Hui in goal.
North Korea did not have much luck either, as its two best goal-scoring
opportunities were whistled back for offsides.
In the second half, North Korea enjoyed more possession and looked like the
team most likely to break the deadlock, but it failed to turn the possession
into goal-scoring opportunities.
Colombia, meanwhile, struggled to play with chemistry, and resorted to taking
more and more shots from distance.
"We have a lot of young players on the team and this was a great experience
for us," said Colombian midfielder Orianica Velasquez.
Although Colombia and North Korea both accumulated one point each from three
group matches, North Korea finishes Group C in third place with a goal
differential of minus-three, while Colombia finishes last with a goal
differential of minus-four.
"Our players were quite inexperienced before this tournament and thanks to
these matches we have been able to gain quite a bit of experience," commented
North Korea coach Kim Kwang Min. "My players really gave their best
performance and due to this lack of experience, we missed a lot of good
chances during the match. This is something we could improve before next
07/06 18:56:36 ET