The Korea Republic women’s national team will join their male compatriots in Japan next year after winning the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Round 2 HONG KONG Women’s Tournament with a flawless 9-0 win over Chinese Taipei.
Yoon Deok-yeo’s side came into the match needing only a draw to advance on tiebreakers, having scored 27 goals and conceded none in their first two matches.
Korea Republic scored their first goal after just 14 minutes, with Lee Min A demonstrated her brilliant technique with a smooth first touch before shooting the ball into the back of the net.
Four minutes later, Jang Selgi’s cross helped Kang Yumi to put the team up 2-0. Their next goal came in the 37th minute, with Jang Selgi delivering from near the edge the box. Just two minutes after, Lee Geummin scored the team’s fourth goal from close range.
Korea Republic stepped up their performance in the second half, with attacking trio Lee Min A, Jang Selgi and Lee Geummin causing all sorts of troubles for the opposing defense.
Chinese Taipei goalkeeper Chu Fang-Yi made a grave mistake in the 60-minute mark when she failed to claim a cross from Korea Republic’s Moon Mira, allowing Jung Seolbin to score an easy goal.
Eight minutes later, two goals in as many minutes from Kang Yumi and Moon Mira had Korea Republic up 7-0.
Substitute Choe Yuri and midfielder Cho So Hyun scored their team’s final goals in the 78th and 81st minutes, completing an impressive 9-0 scoreline for Korea Republic, who advanced to the final round with 36 goals scored in three matches and none allowed.
They will join hosts Japan, 2015 winners DPR Korea, and China in the December 2017 final.