The final Group C encounter between Colombia and Korea DPR will be little more than a face-saving exercise for the two teams. Neither side can progress to the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 after losing their opening matches against USA and Sweden, but each will be hoping to give a positive performance and take their first points from the tournament.
Korea DPR-Colombia, 6 July, 20.45 (local time), Bochum
*Prior to the 2011 edition, Korea DPR qualified for the finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on three occasions yet only made it past the group stages at China 2007 when they were defeated by Germany in the quarter-finals. From a total of 12 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches they have three victories (one against Denmark and two against Nigeria) in addition to an honourable 2-2 draw against USA four years ago.
If past achievements are anything to go by, the North Koreans should be favourites for Wednesday’s match, as this is the first World Cup finals showing for their Colombian opponents.
Not only is the first women’s international between these two countries at any age level, it is also Korea DPR’s first World Cup contest against a South American team.
*5* – Five members of the Colombia side play their football abroad; all of them for college sides in the USA.
*“It will be a tough match for us against a stubborn competitor. It’s our last game here, so we want to leave the fans with a good impression.” *Colombia coach Ricardo Rozo.
“The results are in, and we’re well and truly out of this competition, but it’s still an important game for us. We’re a young side and we’ll benefit from the experience of taking part; it will have many positive effects in the future.” Korea DPR coach Kim Kwang Min.