June 18, 2015 / 1:14 AM / 4 years ago

Goalie howler gives South Korea big 2-1 win over Spain

Jun 17, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Korea celebrates after defeating Spain 2-1 in a Group E soccer match in the 2015 FIFA women's World Cup at Lansdowne Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - South Korea benefited from a terrible late error by Spanish goalkeeper Ainhoa Tirapu to grab a 2-1 win in their women’s World Cup Group E game on Wednesday and secure a second round game against France.

Tirapu somehow allowed a looping cross from defender Kim Soo-yun to sail over her head and into the net in the 78th minute, ensuring South Korea qualified in second place with four points. Leaders Brazil won all their three games.

The win means South Korea have made it out of the group stage at the World Cup for the first time. They were eliminated at the first hurdle in their only other appearance in 2003.

The Asian side, who started the day in bottom place, fell behind in the first half but tied the game in the 53rd minute when Cho So-hyun planted a header into the net from close range.

Veronica Boquete opening the scoring for Spain in the 29th minute, neatly converting a left-wing cross from 12 yards out.

Reporting by David Ljunggren. Editing by Andrew Both

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