Morocco secure unlikely Women's World Cup knockout spot
How Morocco secured a historic spot in the World Cup knockouts
Sophie Lawson reacts to Morocco's progression to the round of 16 on their Women's World Cup debut.
Updated: Aug 3, 2023, 01:41 pm
Debutants Morocco stunned Colombia 1-0 in their final group match in Perth on Thursday to reach the round of 16 of the Women's World Cup at the first attempt along with their opponents.
Morocco, ranked 72nd, scored through Anissa Lahmari after a saved penalty at the end of the first half but their passage was only secured after South Korea held twice champions Germany to a 1-1 draw in the other Group H match.
Colombia topped the group with six points, bettering runners-up Morocco on goal difference, while Germany and South Korea depart the tournament.
Morocco, who were thumped 6-0 by Germany in their opener before beating South Korea 1-0, move on to meet France in Adelaide and Colombia play Jamaica in Melbourne on Tuesday.
The two teams generated chances in the first half, but it was only in stoppage time when Colombia's Daniela Arias clumsily fouled forward Ibtissam Jraidi in the penalty area that Morocco had a genuine scoring opportunity.
Las Cafeteras keeper Catalina Perez dived to her left to stop Ghizlane Chebbak's spot kick but midfielder Lahmari nudged the ball into the net in the ensuing goalmouth scramble.
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