S.Korea Qualifies for AFC Women's Asian Cup

  • By Seok Nam-jun

    April 12, 2017 10:37

    South Korea has overcome all odds and succeeded in securing a ticket to play in the AFC Women's Asian Cup, which will be held in Jordan in April 2018.

    South Korea beat Uzbekistan 4-0 in the last qualifier at Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang on Tuesday. Earlier it defeated Hong Kong 6-0 and India 10-0 and tied North Korea 1-1.

    Both North and South Korea finished at the top of their group with three wins and one draw, but South Korea was ahead in goals with 20 compared to the North's 17, earning the only available ticket to the Asian Cup.

    South Korean footballers pose after a match against Uzbekistan at Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

    When South Korea was grouped together with North Korea in the qualifiers draw in January, there was an audible sigh from South Korean Football delegates, because North Korea is such a strong team and only one team from the group advances to the Asian Cup. Up until then, South Korea's all-time record against the North was one win, two draws and 14 losses. Also, all matches were to be played in Pyongyang.

    In the end, South Korea gave everything they had during the qualifying round and were victorious. Some players even had to be helped to their feet after an exhausting match against North Korea last Friday.

    After Tuesday's match, the South Korean ladies gathered in the stadium and posed with a banner that read, "We are going to Jordan!"

    They will return home on Thursday.

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