Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby says his team must live up to expectations when they battle South Korea on Wednesday in Grenoble at the ongoing 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
The Falcons must beat the Asians to stand any chance of advancing from Group A, after they were thrashed 3-0 by Norway in their opening game on Saturday.
Goals from Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Utland and an own goal from Ohale Osinachi condemned Dennerby’s side to defeat.
The defeat extended the Falcons winless run at the Women’s World Cup to six games. The last time they won a game at the tournament was against Canada in 2011. The game ended 1-0.
“We have to win our next game,” Dennerby said in his post-match interview.
“To let in three goals is not good but we just can’t give up now. First of all, we need to win our next game, get the three points. Definitely, we need to go for 100 per cent against South Korea and then hopefully we can fight to have one point in our last game against the host.
“When it comes to sports you can never give up, so we have to fight for 180 minutes more. A game can change at the last minute.”
France lead Group A after a 4-0 demolition of Korea in Paris on Friday. Norway are second while Nigeria and Korea Republic occupy third and fourth places respectively.