“It was a difficult game,” says Haiti coach after women’s soccer upset
Haiti coach Nicolas Delepin praised the South Korean women’s soccer team for their “overall cohesion” despite being outclassed in a late comeback .
The women’s soccer team, led by Colleen Bell, came from behind to win a thrilling 2-1 victory over Haiti in a World Cup warm-up match at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Monday afternoon, despite conceding an early goal in the first 15 minutes.
In the first half, Haiti, who overwhelmed Korea in terms of physicality and speed, seemed to control the game, but unlike the national team, which remained active in the second half, the tired Haitians were outnumbered.
In the end, the Haitians, who were out-shot 4-13 and out-shot 1-4, conceded a penalty kick to Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) in the sixth minute of the second half and a picturesque mid-range shot to Jang Seul-ki (Incheon Hyundai Steel) 30 minutes later.
The Central and South American nation will have Colombia in mind when they face off in their first Women’s World Cup Group H match on Tuesday 꽁머니사이트.
Eight years after reaching the round of 16 in Canada 2015, taking three points from the first game is key to the Velho’s ‘road map to the round of 16’.
For a team that wraps up their domestic schedule with this match, they can travel to Australia in good spirits after dominating Haiti with a physical advantage.
When asked in the post-match press conference to evaluate South Korea’s performance, Delepin said, “It was a difficult game,” noting that “it’s not one player that stands out, it’s the combination of the team as a whole.”
“In the second half, they tried to attack from the flanks a lot, which was difficult for us,” he said, adding, “I think they still need to get fit, and we still need to get fit.”
“The performance (of the team) was good, but I’m not satisfied, because at this level of soccer, results are important,” Delepin said.
“In the first half, our energy was good. It was a team performance,” he said, adding, “I think conceding a goal right at the start of the second half affected (the players) mentally.”
Haiti is ranked 53rd by FIFA, lower than South Korea (17th) and Colombia (25th), but they qualified for the World Cup. They defeated Senegal and Chile in back-to-back intercontinental playoffs to qualify for their first-ever tournament.
They will face England, Denmark, and China in Group D of the World Cup.
“Haiti and South Korea have slightly different goals,” Delepin said, “they probably aspire to a higher goal than we do.”