Vietnam conclude AFC Women’s Asian Cup campaign with third loss

Friday, 2018-04-13 23:34:21
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Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Thi Kieu Trinh could not resist against the stormy attacks from the ROK side. (Photo: AFC)
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NDO – Vietnam could not seal a place in the play-off for Asia’s fifth ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after conceding four unanswered goals against the Republic of Korea (ROK) in their last Group B match of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup at King Abdullah Stadium in Amman, Jordan on April 13.

Head coach Mai Duc Chung and his players headed into the decisive fixture unable to claim one of the top two positions, but still eyeing a victory which would help them claim third spot in the group and a place in the play-off for Asia’s fifth ticket to next year’s FIFA World Cup in France.

However, their ambition was dealt a big blow as Cho So-hyun headed home from very close range to the high centre of the goal to put the ROK in front after only 14 minutes.

Nguyen Thi Lieu missed an opportunity to level the game in the 25th minute, as her right-footed shot from outside the box went wide to the right.

As Vietnam proved ineffective with their attacks, coach Yoon Duk-yeo’s side made good use of opportunities to widen their advantage.

Lee Mi-na is one of the most active ROK players during the match. (Photo: AFC)

Lee Geum-min ensured the ROK side a first-half two-goal lead by converting Ji So-yun’s through ball in the 25th minute before Lee Mi-na lofted the ball over goalie Kieu Trinh from close range to make it 3-0 four minutes into the second half.

Kieu Trinh smartly blocked three consecutive close-range attempts by Ji So-yun (53’), Cho So-hyun (54’), and Lee Mi-na (64’), but could not prevent Lee Mi-na from scoring her second goal in the match and the fourth for the ROK in the 73rd minute.

With time running out, Vietnam made concerted efforts for a consolation goal, but they failed to create any clear-cut chances, thus ending up in a 4-0 defeat to Yoon’s side.

The third consecutive straight loss forced Mai Duc Chung’s team to finish at bottom in Group B with zero point and miss out on a place in the play-off for Asia’s fifth 2019 World Cup ticket. Meanwhile, with the convincing victory, the ROK came out in third position in the group stage and have officially qualified for the April 16 playoff match against Group A’s third-place team, the Philippines.

As the top two teams of Group B, Australia and Japan have joined the top two finishers of Group A, China and Thailand, in the semifinals of the 2018 AFC Asian Cup, in addition to booking their places in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

VAN TOAN