Wednesday 12 Jun
Updated Wednesday 12 Jun 10:00
Women

Cho: Our Women's World Cup is far from over

Cho So-hyun

 

West Ham United's Cho So-hyun insists Korea Republic's Women's World Cup journey is far from over just because the side lost their opening match at the tournament. 

Korea Republic fell 4-0 to hosts France in the opening fixture of this summer's competition in a disappointing showing from Cho and her teammates, and the national side returns to action on Wednesday afternoon against Nigeria in their second contest. 

Both Korea and Nigeria are looking for their first points in the World Cup and Cho says her side have every hope of reaching the knock-out stages of the competition.

We didn't play up to our abilities in the first match, but we still have two more matches remaining.

Cho So-hyun

"We've absolutely not given up on hopes of reaching the round of 16," Cho said. "We didn't play up to our abilities in the first match, but we still have two more matches remaining."

While the top two teams from all six groups are guaranteed a spot in the last 16, the four best performing third-placed teams will also be welcomed through into the knock-out rounds, meaning a win over Nigeria on Wednesday will be crucial for Korea Republic's chances. 

Korea Republic reached the last 16 for the first time at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and head coach Yoon Duk-yeo says his side must avoid conceding early as they did against France to avoid another defeat.

Cho So-hyun

 

Yoon said. "We have to be careful not to give up any goal early on and we'll try to capitalize on our opportunities. It wasn't ideal that we allowed so many goals in the previous match, but we'll prepare for the next match the best we can."

Supporters can watch Cho and her Korea Republic teammates in action on BBC via the Red Button or iPlayer from 2pm today.