Bell applauds players as Korea Republic make super start to Qualifiers
Jeju: Colin Bell has praised his Korea Republic players for their empathic 7-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group A opener at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Monday.
Ji So-yun, Park Yee-Un and Yeo Min-ji all scored braces while Lee So-dam also found the back of the net as the Taeguk Ladies began their Olympic qualifying campaign on a positive note.
Myanmar, on the other, will be hoping for an improved performance when they face Vietnam on Thursday.
Qualifiers Final Round - Group A MD1: Myanmar 0-7 Korea Republic
Jeju: Korea Republic got their AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament off to a flying start with a 7-0 win over Myanmar in their Group A opener at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Monday.
Ji So-yun put the Taeguk Ladies ahead with a fifth minute penalty and Lee So-dam doubled their advantage for a 2-0 lead at half-time, before Korea Republic turned on the power in the second half to register a resounding win.
Colin Bell’s side are one step closer to earning a spot at Tokyo 2020, while Myanmar will have to win their next match against Vietnam to keep their Olympic dream alive.
Qualifiers Final Round - Group B MD1: Thailand 0-1 Chinese Taipei
Leumeah: Chinese Taipei moved a step closer to their first-ever Olympic Games women’s football appearance with a 1-0 win over Thailand in the opening match in Group B of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday.
Ting Chi’s strike midway through the first half gave Kazuo Echigo’s side a lead they never relinquished, well and truly keeping alive their hopes of advancing to next month’s final qualifying play-off as one the group’s top two sides.
Monday’s defeat comes as a severe blow to Thailand, who are now likely to need positive results against both China PR and Australia if their Olympic dream is to become a reality.
Kuala Lumpur: With 43 matches and several memorable games completed, there will be little room for error when Asia’s best teams convene for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers Final Round in the coming week.
Korea Republic, Vietnam and Myanmar will see Group A action in Jeju Island, Korea Republic, while Australia, Thailand, China PR and Chinese Taipei will play their Group B matches in Sydney, Australia.
The top two sides from Group B will play off – on a home and away basis – against the top two teams from Group A – for the final two places, alongside hosts Japan, at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Hanoi: Huynh Nhu is confident Vietnam can create history by qualifying for Tokyo 2020 ahead of the AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Third Round next month in Korea Republic.
Vietnam have been in intensive training for the Qualifiers and will head to Jeju Island, Korea Republic for the Qualifiers on February 3-9 as the Southeast Asian nation look to qualify for the Olympics after a stellar 2019 which saw them winning the AFF Women’s Championship and SEA Games.
The Olympic Qualifiers will be a tougher ask but charismatic captain Huynh Nhu believes Vietnam will seal one of the two berths available to Tokyo 2020.
Japan's FIFA Women's World Cup-winning squad to open Torch Relay
Tokyo: The members of Japan's FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning squad from 2011 will open the domestic leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee announced on Tuesday.
The leg, known as the "Grand Start", is due to take place at the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima on March 26, 2020.