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Women's football coach vows to show improved performance at 2019 World Cup

All Headlines 09:29 April 17, 2018

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea women's national football team head coach Yoon Duk-yeo said Tuesday his side will try to show improved performance after earning a World Cup berth.

South Korea confirmed their presence at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup by beating the Philippines 5-0 in their fifth-place match at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup in Amman, Jordan, on Monday (local time). The continental tournament 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.

Yoon, who has been leading South Korea since 2013, said it is a big honor to qualify for the World Cup.

"From young players to veterans, all of them produced this good result," Yoon said after the match against the Philippines. "I want to collect better results at the World Cup in France after thorough preparation."

South Korea had to play 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 an inferior goals scored record and had to settle for third place in the group.

"It would've been better if we advanced to the semifinals, but there are no regrets," he said. "Our players fought hard until the end."

South Korea, ranked No. 16 in the latest FIFA rankings, is the only team that did not concede a goal at the Women's Asian Cup. They had scoreless draws against sixth-ranked Australia and defending champions Japan before routing No. 35 Vietnam 4-0 and demolishing the Philippines 5-0.

"We learned not to draw back against strong teams," he said. "One thing I regret is that we failed to score against Japan."

South Korea will make their third Women's World Cup appearance. The Taeguk Ladies previously played at the World Cup in 2003 and 2015.

"This is not the end," he said. "We're standing at a new starting point. We'll fix problems and improve our shortcomings to prepare for the World Cup."

Yoon's team will return home on Wednesday. Four players who play in foreign countries -- Ji So-yun, Cho So-hyun, Lee Min-a and Choi Ye-seul -- will return to their respective clubs from Jordan.

In this file photo taken on March 27, 2018, South Korea women's national football team head coach Yoon Duk-yeo speaks to reporters at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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