Morocco defender Nouhaila Benzina made history as the first hijab-clad player during her team’s exciting 1-0 victory over South Korea at the Hindmarsh Stadium in Australia during the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
With South Korea potentially exiting the mega-event, Morocco’s amazing victory represented the country’s first-ever title in the Women’s World Cup.
Meanwhile, Nouhaila Benzina was important, making crucial defensive interventions while also demonstrating her attacking flair with a near-goal.
The unprecedented achievement of the African nation, as well as the significance of Benzina’s hijab-wearing at the premier worldwide event, have drew attention and admiration to the game.
Despite being ranked 55 places lower than South Korea in the women’s rankings, the Moroccan squad showed their toughness by taking an early lead in the sixth minute, thanks to striker Ibtissam Jraidi’s header from Hanane Ait El Haj’s cross.
South Korea attempted a comeback, with Park Eun-sun coming near with a diving header, but their efforts were for naught since they failed to challenge Moroccan goalkeeper Khadija Er-Rmichi, who had a difficult time against Germany in their previous group match.
Casey Phair, the youngest player in Women’s World Cup ever at 16 years old, almost drew late in the game, but her shot went wide, dropping her side to the bottom of the group with 0 points.
Morocco is now level with Germany and Colombia on three points each, setting up a confrontation in their next match.
Meanwhile, if Germany avoids loss, South Korea may be eliminated.