May 19, 2014 10:41
Korea have qualified for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada due to their success at a regional qualifying tournament. It will be the team's first appearance at the prestigious event in 12 years.
The Korean team earned their berth by beating Thailand 4-0 in their second Group B match of the Asian Football Confederation's Women's Asian Cup in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Saturday. As the team had previously beaten Myanmar 12-0, they secured a place in the semifinals with six points from two victories.
The top five finishers of the Asian Cup qualify for next year's World Cup.
Korea face China, which also has six points, to decide the top spot in the group on Monday evening.
Forward Park Eun-sun, who found herself embroiled in controversy over her gender status last November, is the top scorer of the tournament with five goals. She scored two against Myanmar and a hat trick against Thailand.
"I was the youngest member of the team during the 2003 World Cup in the U.S., and now I'm the oldest and will return to the World Cup for the first time in 12 years. I'm very happy," said Park.
"I hope we can carry the momentum and work hard to win the Asian Cup by playing well with other teammates like [midfielder] Ji So-yun," who plays for Chelsea Ladies in England's Women's Super League.
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