When Colombia Women and South Korea Women square off at the Sydney Football Stadium on Tuesday, the Women’s World Cup 2023 gets underway.
While South Korea is participating in the World Cup for the fourth time in their history, the South Americans are making their third World Cup appearance.
Colombia failed to qualify for the 2019 tournament after appearing on the international level in 2011 and 2015, but they had no such issues this time.
Colombia was aware that in order to qualify automatically, they needed to place among the top three teams at the Copa America, which served as a qualifying event last year.
Nelson Abadia’s team easily advanced from the group stage before going on to defeat Argentina by a score of 1-0 in the semifinal, securing their spot in Australia and New Zealand.
As a result of Colombia’s 1-0 loss to Brazil in the championship game, they were runner-up for the fourth time in Copa America history.
They will now try to perform at their peak throughout the World Cup, but given that they have only won one, drawn two, and lost four of their seven games thus far, that may be easier said than done.
In contrast, South Korea, who placed second in the Asia Cup last year, has qualified for their third straight World Cup.
South Korea will compete against Colombia and Morocco for a spot in the knockout rounds, with Germany the favorite to win Group H.
In two of their three World Cup appearances, they were unable to get past the group stage, but they did do so in 2015.
With one win, one draw, and eight losses in their 10 World Cup games, South Korea will be looking to improve their overall record at the competition.
However, Colin Bell’s team will enter their first game with some momentum after winning their last three international matches.