Korea Junior Women’s team defeat Uruguay in their first 2021 Junior World Cup match


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Dragflick Newsdesk : It took 56 minutes before Korea’s Sunghee Jung’s heroics broke the deadlock in the first Pool C battle between Korea and Uruguay. Korea seemed to have the possession in the first half, while Uruguay were much more lively in the second. Making their Junior World Cup debut, Uruguay, also Pan American junior silver medallists, made a strong appearance and kept the pace well with Korea, Junior World Cup champions in 2001 and 2005.

It was a physical battle that saw just little chances for Uruguay in the opening half. The best chance came for Manuela Vidal whose long pass into the circle was softly deflected towards goal and then cleared easily by the boot of Kim Eunji.

In the second half Jung Sunghee’s cross to a reaching Kim Seona almost broke the deadlock but Seona couldn’t quite get a touch on it as the ball did beat keeper Maria Bate. Uruguay’s Manuela Quinones had an open look at goal on her back-hand in the final quarter but her shot was steered away by the glove of Kim Eunji.

With less than five minutes to go a quick pass through the circle from Lee Juyeon was well received by Jung Sunghee and the blast beat Bate low, stick side to seal the game 1-0 for Korea.

Following the game, Korean coach Moon Yoo said:

‘We had to substitute six players just before the tournament, but we played good enough today. It was our first match, so a difficult match. But our players did their best and got a win, so we’re happy. Our next match is against Argentina, which is also a very strong team. We must be strong in the press and get scoring opportunities then.’

Uruguay’s captain and goalkeeper Victoria Bate said:

“We have mixed feelings. We did our best, we gave everything, but the result didn’t go our way. We will keep on fighting, learn from our mistakes, correct them and try to do our best in the next match.”

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