Cho So-Hyun of West Ham Reading Women v West Ham United Women SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Adams Park Stadium, Wycombe, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Paul Gregory for The FA

Cho and Ji suffer heavy defeat with South Korea on opening night

FA Women’s Super League pair Cho So-hyun and Ji So-Yun face an uphill battle to keep their FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 dreams alive with South Korea having fallen to a heavy 4-0 defeat to tournament hosts France at the Parc des Princes in Paris this evening.

Eugenie Le Sommer’s early goal set the tone for the defeat with two further French first half goals leaving the South Koreans with an impossible task even before they re-emerged from the dressing rooms for the second period.

It was Le Sommer who fired an early warning shot to the visitors inside two minutes when a dangerous effort from in the area curled just wide of the far post. That chance was to be a warning of what was to come with the Lyon forward crashing in the opener seven minutes later via the crossbar after some excellent work from French captain Amandine Henry.

France were soon almost 2-0 up but VAR ruled that Griedge Mbock Bathy was marginally offside when she fired in from 12 yards.

South Korean keeper Kim Minjung then did well to tip a Le Sommer effort over before defender Wendie Renard netted two headed goals in quick succession to give France a huge 3-0 lead going into the interval.

The second half saw plenty of French pressure but few clear goalscoring chances. Midfielder Henry struck a low effort straight at Kim from the edge of the box while South Korean substitute Lee Mina really should have scored when one-on-one with French keeper Sarah Bouhaddi, the player scuffing her shot well wide.

French captain Henry added the icing to the French cake five minutes from time when she curled a stunning effort into the corner of the South Korean net to cap-off an impressive 4-0 victory for the hots

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