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S. Korea qualify for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

All Headlines 04:13 April 17, 2018

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea have qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup after they finished fifth at a continental football tournament.

South Korea, 16th in the FIFA rankings, routed 72th-ranked Philippines 5-0 in the fifth-place match at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup at Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan, on Monday (local time).

The AFC Women's Asian Cup, which features eight teams, doubles as the final Asian qualifier for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, with the top five nations qualifying for the showpiece event in women's football.

The top two teams from the two groups that reached the semifinals were awarded the World Cup spots, while the third-place teams from each group had to square off in the fifth-place match to earn the last ticket to the World Cup.

With the latest result, South Korea will make their third Women's World Cup appearance after playing in 2003 and 2015. South Korea, led by head coach Yoon Duk-yeo, will join Australia, Japan, China and Thailand to represent Asia at the 2019 Women's World Cup.

South Korea dropped to the fifth place-match at the AFC Women's Asian Cup after finishing third in Group B. South Korea, Australia and Japan were tied at five points with one win and two draws, but the Taeguk Ladies had inferior an goals scored record than the two opponents and had to settle for third place in the group.

Against the Philippines, South Korea scored their first goal in the 34th minute. Jang Sel-gi's curled right footed strike left Filipino goalkeeper Kearra Bastes-Jones helpless and opened the scoring.

Lee Min-a then doubled the lead for South Korea in the first half stoppage time. The attacking midfielder controlled Ji So-yun's pass on her chest and released a low shot to find the net.

South Korea made 3-0 in the 56th when Lim Seon-joo slotted home a Jeon Ga-eul free kick in the box. In the 66th, Jeon helped South Korean captain Cho So-hyun to score on a header after delivering a fine cross.

South Korea were awarded a penalty in the 84th when Alexa Diaz brought down Choe Yu-ri in the box. Cho then scored her second goal of the match by converting the spot kick.

This photo taken by the EPA on April 10, 2018, shows South Korea women's national football team players posing for a photo before their AFC Women's Asian Cup match against Japan in Amman, Jordan. (Yonhap)

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