July 27, 2022 10:34
Korea defeated Taiwan 4-0 on Tuesday in the third and last match of the women's tournament at the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship in Kashima, Japan.
Korea's female footballers, led by English coach Colin Bell, dominated the match from the beginning, scoring three goals in a five-minute burst in the first half.
The first goal was an own goal by Taiwan in the 35th minute. Jang Sel-gi crossed from the left side of the penalty box and the ball was sent into the net by a Taiwanese defender. Three minutes later, Kang Chae-rim converted Choe Yu-ri's cross into an additional goal.
Two minutes later, Korea scored their third goal. Lee Min-a hit the back of the net with a right-foot shot after receiving the ball from Ji So-yun. The Korean women sealed their resounding victory with Ko Min-jung's header in the 91st minute.
Though they swept their last match against Taiwan, in their previous matches the women footballers showed a lack of grit and performed poorly.
Korea lost to Japan 2-1 after allowing Japan to score the winning goal in the 59th minute, and drew 1-1 with China after conceding a late equalizer in the 76th minute. It finished in third place after Japan and China, while Taiwan came last.
The Korean women will now begin preparing for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Korea's male footballers, led by manager Paulo Bento, will be looking to win the tournament when they play their third and last match against Japan on Wednesday evening. Korea earned six points by defeating both China and Hong Kong 3-0, while Japan has four points. It only needs to draw with Japan to claim its fourth consecutive championship.
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