Victorious Start for South Korean Women's Football
The South Korean women’s football team kick-started their pursuit for their maiden gold medal at the Asian Games with an impressive win. Their first Group E match against Myanmar ended in a decisive 3-0 victory at the Wenzhou Sports Centre Stadium in Wenzhou, China. Three different players each contributed a goal to this victory, with veteran player Ji So-yun further extending her South Korean football record with her 68th career goal.
Upcoming Matches and Competition Structure
With the successful start, the team, which is coached by Colin Bell, is now set to play against the Philippines on Monday and Hong Kong on Thursday. The Asian Games football competition is structured into five groups. The winners of each group, along with the three best runners-up, will advance to the quarterfinals. While South Korea has consistently secured bronze medals at each of the past three Asiads, they have never played in a gold medal match in their eight previous appearances.
Match Highlight and Current Standings
The scoring for South Korea began in the 24th minute of the match, thanks to Lee Eun-young. This marked her first international goal in her third career appearance. Ji So-yun then doubled South Korea’s lead with her 68th goal, setting a record for any South Korean football player, regardless of gender. The scoring was completed by Jeon Eun-ha with her first international goal in the 68th minute. Currently, South Korea is leading Group E with three points. The Philippines also have three points after defeating Hong Kong 3-1. However, due to having a superior goal difference, South Korea holds the edge.
Aiming for Gold
The South Korean women's team is aiming for their first gold medal in the Asian Games. Despite their consistent performance in previous games, securing a gold medal has remained elusive. With their current form and determination, the team is hopeful of changing this narrative. As the games continue, it will be interesting to see how far the South Korean women's football team will go in this tournament.