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Việt Nam thumped by S Korea in Olympic qualifier

Update: March, 10/2016 - 09:00
Thrashed: South Korea celebrate beating Việt Nam 4-0 in the last match of the AFC Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 qualifiers in Japan yesterday. Photo

HÀ NỘI(VNS) – Việt Nam lost to South Korea 0-4 in the last match of the AFC Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 qualifiers in Japan yesterday.

South Korea attack relentlessly from the first minute of the match, with Việt Nam pegged back in defence.

South Korea opened the scoring through Lim Sun-joo in the seventh minute. Việt Nam created some chances but failed to convert.

In the 18th minute, Lim doubled the score for South Korea.

South Korea showed their dominance during the first half, controlling the ball and not allowing Việt Nam a sniff at goal.

After the break heavy rain prevented either side from stringing passes together as the ball held up on the increasingly stodgy pitch.

In the 69th minute, after a goal-mouth scaramble, Lee Gium-min prodded past Việt Nam’s goalie Đặng Thị Kiều Trinh to score South Korean’s third goal.

Jeon Ga-eul made it 4-0 in the 85th minute.

It was Việt Nam’s fifth defeat at the event in Osaka, following a 6-1 loss to Japan on March 7, a 1-0 loss to North Korea on March 4, a 9-0 loss to Australia on March 2 and a 2-0 loss to China on February 29. South Korea had two losses, two draws and one win. Neither team earned a slot at Rio 2016.

“In today’s game we had very heavy rain and our players are not so strong playing in those conditions. We were also playing against a very high level team, that’s why we lost today,” said Việt Nam’s coach Mai Đức Chung.

“We came to compete with the highest level of Asian teams and I am satisfied with how my players did,” added Chung.

“We learned a lot. First of all, we have improved our skill and technical play – particularly by playing the likes of Australia and China. They showed us many good things so our players will improve in the future.

“We are making programmes for women and children looking towards the long term, and in the near future we want to reach the top level in Asia.” -- VNS

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