HCM CITY (VNS) — South Korean women's team won the opening game of the Asian Football Confederation Women's Cup defeating Myanmar 12-0 in a totally one-sided match yesterday at the Thong Nhat Stadium in HCM City.
Jeon Ga-eul scored four goals, Park Eun-sun scored a hattrick, Ji So-yun and captain Cho So-huyn scored two goals each and Kwon Hah Nul scored one goal as the South Koreans recorded a victory of the largest margin at the tournament so far.
The score was 7-0 at half time, including two penalties. South Korea were awarded another penalty in the second half.
On the other side, contrary to expectations from a fighting team, Myanmar barely had any clear-cut chances despite taking efforts to ambush the South Koreans in the opening minutes of each half.
"Scoring goals against Myanmar in the opening minutes is not important to our game. The key aspect of the first half is to observe how the player are and keep them in good condition," South Korea's coach, Yoon Duk-yeok, remarked at the post-match press conference.
South Korea will play Thailand tomorrow at the same venue and are expected to win again.
"None of the games is more important than the other game. We tried our best in every single game. How well you prepare and how well you take rest will have an influence on how you can win a title," Yoon pointed out.
Yoshinori Kumada, Myanmar's coach, admitted the defeat and stated the final score will say it all.
"It was a very tough match today. We had planned a strategy for the game but everything was going against us, and the weather condition was also quite stifling," the Japanese added.
Myanmar will next play China, who beat Thailand 7-0 in the later game of the day.
Today, in Group A's second round matches, Viet Nam, who temporarily led the group after the opening 3-1 win over Jordan, will take on World Cup winners Japan while defending champions Australia will face Jordan. — VNS