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.
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.
Sornpao: Thailand haven’t given up on Olympic dream
Sydney: Thailand goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao believes Olympic qualification remains a possibility, despite her side’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Chinese Taipei on Monday.
Already considered outsiders to achieve the top two finish required to advance from Group B, the Chaba Kaew’s odds lengthened considerably after they failed to find the back of the net in their opening match, but, like all goalkeepers, Sornpao doesn’t like to concede, and the American-born shot-stopper said no one in the Thai camp has given up on their Olympic dream.
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.
Sydney: Kazuo Echigo has called on his Chinese Taipei side to make the most of their AFC Olympic Qualifiers Final Round experience, after they began their Group B campaign with an important 1-0 win over Thailand on Monday.
Ting Chi’s first-half winner means another victory in either of their two remaining matches against Australia and China PR would almost certainly see Echigo’s charges through to next month’s play-off round, with a maiden Olympic qualification remaining the ultimate goal.