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Morocco Triumphs Over South Korea, Securing Historic First Women’s World Cup Victory

Morocco Makes History with Stunning Win over South Korea

Morocco secured their first-ever victory in a Women’s World Cup match on Sunday, defeating South Korea with a thrilling 1-0 scoreline. The win came as a surprise after Morocco’s heavy 6-0 loss to Germany in their tournament debut.

Despite being ranked 72nd in the world, Morocco showed determination and resilience, boosting their chances of advancing to the last 16 in Australia and New Zealand.

For Morocco, the victory held even greater significance as defender Nouhaila Benzina became the first player to wear a hijab at the Women’s World Cup. It marked a historic moment for both the team and the sport.

The breakthrough for Morocco came just six minutes into the game, as Hanane Ait El Haj’s precise cross found forward Ibtissam Jraidi, who skillfully directed her header into the far corner of the net.

Despite being considered underdogs against the 17th-ranked South Koreans, Morocco dominated the early stages of the match, leaving their opponents stunned. However, Korea found their footing towards the end of the first half, yet failed to create any notable scoring opportunities, echoing their previous 2-0 defeat to Colombia.

With just 10 minutes remaining, South Korea had attempted 10 shots at goal but failed to hit the target. Morocco’s defense fought valiantly to maintain their slim lead.

As the pressure mounted in the second half, and South Korea fought to salvage their World Cup hopes, Moroccan player Nouhaila Benzina received a yellow card for a cynical foul on an advancing Korean attacker, halting their progress. In an attempt to turn the tide, South Korea brought on Casey Phair, a 16-year-old attacker from the United States, who became the youngest player to ever feature in a Women’s World Cup.

However, it was Morocco’s determination that prevailed, as they held on for a gritty win, leaving South Korea facing the possibility of an early exit from Group H.

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