FA Cup glory for Korea Republic’s Ji So-yun
London: Talismanic Korea Republic women’s international Ji So-yun has added to her superb resume, winning the Women’s FA Cup for a second time as Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley Stadium.
Three weeks after helping her national team to a fifth-place finish at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018, Ji was instrumental as the Southwest London club prevailed in front of over 45,000 fans.
Two goals to Ramona Bachmann put Chelsea in the driver’s seat, before prolific Dutch international Vivienne Miedema kept Arsenal, who are coached by Australia’s Joe Montemurro, in the contest with a goal in the 73rd minute.
But a goal to Fran Kirby three minutes later sealed Chelsea’s win, their second in four years after Ji scored the only goal in the 2015 final against Notts County.
In addition to her key contribution as a provider of goal scoring opportunities, Ji added goals against London Bees in the third round, and Doncaster in the fourth to help Emma Hayes’ advance to the final.
In a successful season for the club, Chelsea remain in contention for the FA Women’s Super League title, and reached the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals, before being eliminated by Wolfsburg last weekend.
Ji is expected to feature prominently in Korea Republic’s challenge for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be held in France next June.
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