Nguyen eager to begin qualifying campaign with a flourish
Jeju: Midfielder Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung is confident Vietnam will secure a win against Myanmar in their AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group A fixture on Thursday.
An added incentive for Nguyen and her teammates is that a win at the Jeju World Cup Stadium would seal their place in next month’s Play-offs, with Myanmar having suffered a 7-0 defeat to Korea Republic in the three-team Group A.
Qualifiers - Group A Preview: Vietnam taking nothing for granted against Myanmar
Jeju: Head coach Mai Duc Chung is not afraid to admit that Myanmar can pose a threat to Vietnam’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification bid when the sides meet in their Group A tie at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Thursday.
Vietnam will open their campaign against a Myanmar side who are aiming to bounce back from their 7-0 defeat to Korea Republic on Monday.
The top two teams from Group A will advance to the Play-offs with the Group B sides, with the winners to join hosts Japan in the Olympics.
Sydney: Australia captain Sam Kerr remains hopeful of leaving her mark on this week’s AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Sydney, despite a nagging quadriceps injury which has put her participation in doubt.
The prolific striker, who recently completed a high-profile move to FA Women’s Super League powerhouse Chelsea, is far from a certain starter when the Matildas begin their campaign against group leaders Chinese Taipei on Friday, saying the team would take no unnecessary gambles to get her into Ante Milicic’s starting line-up.
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.