Jeju: Experienced defender Kim Hyeri believes Korea Republic are well equipped to seal their spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as the East Asians get set for their Asian Qualifiers Group A opener against Myanmar at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Monday.
Korea Republic, like Myanmar, are vying to advance to the Play-offs and sealing one of the the two berths available to Tokyo 2020.
Vietnam, the other contenders in Group A, will begin their qualifying campaign against Myanmar on Thursday.
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.
Qualifiers - Group A Preview: Korea Republic confident, Myanmar and Vietnam relishing challenge
Jeju: Head coach Colin Bell is confident that injury woes will not derail Korea Republic's 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification bid.
The Taeguk Ladies, along with Group A opponents Vietnam and Myanmar, will lock horns in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers with all hoping aiming to advance to the Play-offs and sealing the two berths available to Tokyo 2020.
Group A will be played at Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo with Korea Republic hosting Myanmar in the opening clash on Monday.
Qualifiers - Group B Preview: Chinese Taipei vs Thailand
Sydney: Two ambitious teams who have never reached the women’s Olympic football tournament will aim to move a step closer to history when Chinese Taipei and Thailand meet in Group B of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday.
Both former AFC Women’s Asian Cup winners – and the combatants in the 1981 final – Chinese Taipei and Thailand have proud histories in the women’s game, but they arrive in Sydney considered outsiders in a group which contains continental heavyweights Australia and China PR.
A major upset would be required for either to advance to the final play-off, but even that scenario would rely on a positive result in Monday’s opener, making Group B’s opening fixture one neither side can afford to lose.
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.
London: Sam Kerr scored her first goal for Chelsea as a stunning three-goal burst inside the opening 20 minutes helped the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday to leave the FA Women’s Super League title race wide open.
Bethany England scored a spectacular strike against the north-London club, as she curled her shot to put Chelsea in front after 10 minutes with her 15th goal of the season of what is proving to be another prolific campaign.
A second followed just three minutes later, as Kerr was picked out by Guro Reiten’s cross to the far post and she sent a header across the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.