Morocco beat South Korea as Benzina makes history


Park Eunsun of Korea Republic controls the ball against Nouhaila Benzina of Morocco during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group H match between Korea Republic and Morocco at Hindmarsh Stadium on July 30, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. 

Morocco gained a shock win over South Korea as defender Nouhaila Benzina made history by becoming the first player to wear a hijab at a World Cup.

Ibtissam Jraidi scored Morocco’s first ever goal at the tournament with a sixth-minute header as the side ranked 72nd in the world took the victory.

Sixteen-year-old substitute Casey Phair fired wide for South Korea late on.

South Korea lost for the second time and will be eliminated if Germany avoid defeat against Colombia on Sunday.

Benzina, 25, wore the Islamic headscarf as she made her first appearance at the tournament after being an unused substitute against Germany.

The wearing of head covers for religious purposes was first authorised by Fifa in 2014.

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