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S. Korea advance to final playoff in Olympic women's football qualifying

All News 21:42 February 06, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea have reached the final stage in their Olympic women's football qualifying campaign.

The Taeguk Ladies advanced to the Asian qualifying playoff for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday without even playing in the third round on the southern island of Jeju. In the lone Group A match of the day, Vietnam defeated Myanmar 1-0, a result that ensured Vietnam and South Korea will finish in the top two in the group and compete in the playoff in March.

In this file photo from Feb. 2, 2020, South Korean players high-five head coach Colin Bell after beating Myanmar 7-0 in the teams' Group A match in the third round of the Asian qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. (Yonhap)

Myanmar lost to South Korea 7-0 on Monday and have been eliminated from contention.

South Korea and Vietnam, 20th and 32nd in the latest FIFA rankings, will square off at 3 p.m. Sunday with the top seed in Group A on the line.

In the playoff, those two teams will be joined by the top two seeds from Group B, which is made up of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei and Thailand. The two-legged playoff will pit the Group A winner against the Group B runner-up, and the Group B winner against the Group A runner-up, on March 6 and March 11. The two victorious nations will punch their tickets to Tokyo.

Australia and China, ranked seventh and 15th in the world, are favored to come out of Group A.

Women's football made its Olympic debut in 1996, and South Korea have never played at the quadrennial event.


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