After ‘intense training’, Colin Bellew takes first step towards round of 16!

In their third appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Women’s National Team will take on South American giants Colombia in their first match of the tournament later today (25).

They must win three points to reach the round of 16.

Reporter Kim Dong-min reports.

After an intense training session, the women’s football team is ready to make a big leap forward in the World Cup.

The team has been praised for its blend of veterans and young players.

Veteran Cho So-hyun is aiming higher and further.

[Cho So-Hyun / Women’s National Football Team Midfielder] I think it’s really important for us to look at our older sisters and say, ‘Oh, we’ve made it this far in the world, we can do it too,’ so that we can give a little more strength to the younger players who have the next World Cup coming up. I think that’s what I’m thinking a lot about].

First opponents Colombia are no slouches, having drawn 2-2 in an assessment match against powerhouse China.

Their FIFA ranking is 25th, which is lower than ours at 17th, but it doesn’t mean much because women’s rankings are not directly proportional to actual performance.

Overseas betting sites are giving our team a slightly higher chance of victory at 2.55x for a South Korean win and 2.87x for a Colombian win (2.95x for a draw).

[Shim Seo-yeon / Women’s National Football Team Defender: I think the long call-up period has given us a better synergy, so I think it’s okay to be in the training atmosphere and life right now].

[Yoon Young-gl / Women’s National Football Team Goalkeeper : I think that if (I) communicate with the defenders and deal with them in advance, it will bring good results].

To find out if a strong and organised team will fulfil their dream of reaching the last 16 for the second time in their history, the first match against Colombia kicks off at 11am our time

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