Korea Faces Tough Path to Tokyo Olympics After Loss in Women's Football Qualifier

  • By Song Won-hyung

    April 09, 2021 11:14

    Korea lost to China 2-1 in a football qualifier in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday. It was the first match in the final leg of the women's football qualifiers for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 in the island country.

    If the aggregate score is tied after one more match, the number of away goals will determine which team goes through.

    As Korea allowed two goals in the home match, it will need to beat China by at least two goals in the second leg to be held in Suzhou, China next week, in order to secure a berth to the Olympics.

    Korean footballers react after their defeat in an Olympic qualifier against China in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday. /Newsis

    Head coach Colin Bell said Korea had difficulty with their teamwork after not having played together for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but vowed to emerge victorious from next week's crucial match slated for April 13.

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