FIFA Women’s World Cup: Morocco through as Germany crash out

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Morocco through as Germany crash out: Morocco have became the World Cup’s third African side to reach the knockout stage, qualifying from Group H ahead of Germany, who was eliminated in the group stage for the first time.

FIFA Women's World Cup: Morocco through as Germany crash out

In a thrilling last round of Group H games, a 1-0 triumph over Colombia in Perth saw the Atlas Lions join Nigeria and South Africa in the last-16, while Germany could only manage a 1-1 tie with South Korea in Brisbane and were eliminated. ABSU Post UTME Form On Sale, Eligibility and Requirements

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Morocco were apparent underdogs against Colombia and teenage starlet Linda Caicedo, but overcame thanks to Anissa Lahmari, who scored in first-half injury time after teammate Ghizlane Chebbak’s penalty was saved.

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Morocco through as Germany crash out

Morocco’s qualification marks a major turnaround from a 6-0 hammering by Germany in their initial game, which began with a 1-0 win over South Korea in their second game. And, after the country’s men dominated the 2022 World Cup, reaching the semi-finals in Qatar, Australia’s women’s progress continues Rabat’s footballing revolution.

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However, Germany’s experiment in Australia has ended prematurely.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team was taken aback early on by a South Korean team that came out of the gates flying, hitting the post after just three minutes through Casey Phair and then grabbing the lead three minutes later through Cho, who was passed onside by Kathrin Hendrich.

“Werdet mal wach!” – “wake up!” – screamed captain Alexandra Popp, and she led the way herself, heading Germany level just before halftime – a familiar recipe. But after Morocco took the lead in Perth, Germany needed all three points, but again could only turn to Popp.


Just before the hour mark, the 32-year-old had the ball in the net but was whistled offside. She then witnessed a header bounce back off the bar. Another header was brilliantly saved by Jung-Mi Kim in the South Korean goal 15 minutes later.


But time was out, as it had been for Germany’s men in Russia in 2018, and again in Qatar in 2022, and as it had been for the men’s under-21 side at the European Championships last month, failing to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.


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