Tough North Korea, dubious refereeing…’Son Hwa-yeon sent off’ South Korea women’s soccer team faces 1-4 upset in North Korea quarterfinals

September 30, 2023 | by

Bell’s North Koreans were reduced to tears by a ragged refereeing performance.

Colleen Bell’s South Korea women’s national team suffered a 1-4 upset loss against North Korea in the women’s football quarterfinals of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Yunzhou Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on Tuesday (June 30).

South Korea took an early lead through an own goal by Lee Hye-kyung in the first half, but conceded a free-kick equalizer by Ri Hak, a late goal by Ahn Myung-song, and further goals by Ri Hak and Kim Kyung-yong. This is their sixth straight loss in the North-South match at the Asian Games.

Regardless of the outcome, the process was disappointing. The referee’s decision to turn a blind eye to North Korea’s rough play affected the game. In addition, Son Hwa-yeon’s sending off for accumulating cautions was hard to understand. In many ways, things did not go well for South Korea.

South Korea started with Kim Jung-mi in goal, followed by Chu Hyo-joo, Shim Seo-yeon, Kim Hye-ri, Jang Seul-ki, Jeon Jeon-ha, Cheon Garam, Choi Yoo-ri, Ji So-yeon, Son Hwa-yeon, and Park Eun-sun.

The DPRK had a rough start to the match, with many players going down. In the third minute of the first half, Ji So-yeon was brought down by a double-footed tackle from Hong Song-ok.

The first goal belonged to South Korea. In the 11th minute of the first half, the North Korean defense, aware of Park Eun-sun, made a mistake on a corner kick. Lee Hye-kyung scored an own goal to give South Korea a 1-0 lead.

But in the 20th minute, a free kick from North Korea’s Ri Hak opened up the South Korean goal. It was such a sharp shot that Kim Jung-mi was helpless. The score was 1-1.

스포츠토토 The game was heating up. The problem was the officiating. The referee, who had been lenient on North Korea’s rough defense, gave Son Hwa-yeon her second caution in the 41st minute and sent her off. Son Hwa-yeon ran for the ball and collided with goalkeeper Kim Eun-hee in the process. It didn’t seem like a big deal, but the referee warned Son and sent her off.

In the 43rd minute of the first half, during a header contest, Ji So Yeon felt a great pain in her back. The North Korean player didn’t jump with her and her center of gravity was broken. It was an unsportsmanlike act.

In the first half, Korea held on to a 1-1 tie after a last-ditch effort by the outnumbered North Koreans.

Down a man, South Korea was exposed throughout the second half. North Korea attempted many shots from inside the penalty box, but were fortunate that most of them went over the bar.

The poor officiating continued in the second half. Despite being outnumbered, South Korea managed to keep the game scoreless throughout the second half.

In the 36th minute of the second half, North Korea took the lead. Ahn Myeong-song scored off a pass from Choi Geum-ok in the box to make it 1-2.

In the 90th minute, Korea conceded a third goal to Ri Hak’s mid-range shot. In stoppage time, a handball foul by Kim Hye-ri gave South Korea a penalty kick, making the score 1-4. North Korea’s rough play continued until the end, and South Korea lost the game.


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