January 21, 2022 11:57
Korea eyes its first continental win in the Asian Football Confederation Women's Asian Cup, which kicked off in India on Thursday.
It faces Vietnam in its group stage opener on Friday and then Myanmar on Jan. 24 and Japan on Jan. 27.
A top five finish this year will book them a ticket to the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Korea has advanced to the semifinals of the Women's Asian Cup four times -- in 1995, 2001, 2003 and 2014 -- with its best result being a third-place finish in 2003.
Ji So-yun of Chelsea told reporters on Thursday, "We've come here to win the tournament, not just to earn a ticket to the World Cup... This is my fourth appearance in the tournament and I'm looking forward to it."
Colin Bell, head coach of the women's national team, said, "We've come to try to win the tournament… I know we have a very good team and very talented players. It's time for us to release them and tell them to go on, play and show what they can do."
Three groups of 12 teams will compete in the group stage. The top two in each group will advance to the quarterfinals along with the two best third-place finishers.
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