Match preview: Korea Republic v New Zealand

Wednesday afternoon kicks off with a bang as Korea Republic take on New Zealand knowing a win for either side will guarantee them, at a minimum, second place in the inaugural Cup of Nations.

Both sides have a win to their names and will want to finish the tournament on a high as we approach three months out from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

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There’s a lot at stake in this game: Anything less than a win will ensure the Westfield Matildas emerge as the maiden victors, while a win for either side puts the heat on Ante Milicic’s side to grab a point against Argentina.

Regardless of the results, the Cup of Nations has been a festival of football never before seen on Australian shores. 

The quality of football, coupled with fans’ support, has made it a week and a half to remember.

Football Ferns take the lead


Korea Republic made a real statement of intent in the opening fixture of the Cup of Nations, hammering Argentina 5-0 in an immensely one-sided affair. 

Though it was always going to be tough to back it up against the Westfield Matildas, as the Taeguk Ladies fell 4-1 via a Sam Kerr brace and goals to Lisa De Vanna and Emily Gielnik. 

New Zealand also suffered defeat at the hands of the hosts, holding out for as long as they could before falling 2-0 to Australia. 

They bounced back in the best way possible, beating Argentina 2-0 and providing perhaps the goal of the tournament thanks to Catherine Bott’s ambitious — yet incredible — strike.

World Rankings

Korea Republic: 14

New Zealand: 19


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How to watch

Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Match One: Korea Republic v New Zealand — 3:05pm kick-off (AEDT)
Broadcast: LIVE on FOX SPORTS 4K, Westfield Matildas v Korea Republic delayed on SBS (please check local guides)

You can also stream the matches on the MyFootball Live App, live, fast and data-free for Telstra mobile customers.

International Broadcast: Viewers in New Zealand can watch LIVE on SkySports New Zealand. Local Korea Republic viewers can watch through their local broadcaster (check local listings for details).

For all other international viewers, you can watch both matches LIVE on YouTube.