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Morocco and Korea Republic set for a make or mar clash



In a few hours time, Korea Republic and Morocco will meet in a key Group H encounter of the Women’s World Cup. Victory is essential as both teams know that a win is essential if they are to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive.

Both suffered defeat in their opening matches. Korea Republic went down 2-0 against Colombia. Despite an improved performance in the second half, they could not take anything from that match.

They will be keen to bounce back in Adelaide/Tarntanya and pick up just their second win in the tournament since 2015 when they beat Spain 2-1 in Montreal, Canada.

Morocco were handed a tough lesson on their first ever match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup as Germany beat them 6-0 in their opener.

They did however become the first Arab side to play in the history of the tournament and they will look to take some positives from this clash with these AFC representatives.


This is Korea Republic’s second FIFA Women’s World Cup match against African opposition, following their 2-0 defeat against Nigeria in the 2019 group stage.

In their opening match, Korea Republic’s Casey Phair (16years and  26 days) became the youngest player to make an appearance in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.

Cho So-hyun holds the record for most matches played for Korea Republic in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This could be her ninth appearance.

Against Germany, Morocco became the first Arab team to play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the eighth African nation to play a match at the finals.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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