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(Asian Games) Women's football team departs for Indonesia

All Headlines 10:43 August 13, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean women's national football team departed for Indonesia on Monday to compete at the 18th Asian Games.

The team, led by head coach Yoon Duk-yeo, took a flight at Incheon International Airport to Palembang, where the women's football competition will be staged.

Yoon's team had trained rigorously in sweltering weather at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul, since July 30.

Among 20 players, 19 flew to Indonesia. South Korean captain Cho So-hyun, who is with Norwegian club Avaldsnes IL, will join the national team on Aug. 22 after finishing her club schedule.

South Korean women's national football team players, coaches and officials pose for a photo at Incheon International Airport in Incheon before flying to Indonesia for the 18th Asian Games on Aug. 13, 2018. (Yonhap)

The women's football tournament at this year's Asian Games features 11 teams. South Korea are in Group A with Indonesia, Taiwan and Maldives. North Korea, the defending champions, are in Group B with China, Hong Kong and Tajikistan. Group C only has three countries: Japan, Vietnam and Thailand.

The top three nations from Groups A and B, and the top two from Group C, will advance to the quarterfinals. Under the tournament bracket, South Korea may face Japan in the semifinals.

"Our biggest match is likely to be the semifinal," Yoon said to reporters at the airport. "We think we will face Japan in the semifinal and that match will determine the color of our medal."

The Taeguk Warriors are looking for their first gold medal at the Asian Games. South Korea took bronze medals at the two previous Asian Games.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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