Vietnam suffered a 0-3 defeat to South Korea in their first game of Women’s Asia Cup on Friday.
As the much stronger team, South Korea dominated right from the start and it only took them four minutes to open the score, with an accurate long shot by captain Ji So-Yun, who is playing in England for Chelsea.
Three minutes later, Choe Yuri went down the right flank and crossed it in for Lee Geum-min to get a header. A deflection was involved in this goal as it hit defender Tran Thi Phuong Thao before going in and it was counted as an own goal.
After conceding two early goals, Vietnam continued to play defensively and South Korea didn’t create any significant chance until the last 30 minutes of the game. When Vietnam players were low on stamina, South Korea increased the pressure.
From the 71st to 74th minutes, keeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh made two excellent saves but five minutes later, she couldn’t do much when Ji So-yun scored from the penalty spot. In this situation, defender Chuong Thi Kieu let the ball hit her hand inside the box when she was trying to clear the ball.
South Korea tried to score more but didn’t succeed and the game ended with a 3-0 victory for them. In the other game of group C, Japan thrashed Myanmar 5-0 and took the top spot. Vietnam will play Japan on Monday.
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