Although we are behind in our opponent’s record, we have recently played on equal footing.
Expectations for the firepower of Fair and Cheongaram
Now, after crossing the ‘Great Wall of China’, there is only one step left to reach Paris.
The Korean women’s national soccer team, led by coach Colin Bell, will play the final match of Group B of the 2024 Paris Olympics Asian second qualifying round against China at the Xiamen Egret Stadium in Fujian Province, China, on November 1 at 8:35 p.m. (Korean time).
In Group B, also known as the ‘Group of Death’, Korea is leading and performing unexpectedly well. 온라인카지노사이트
In the first match against Thailand, Casey Eugene Pair and Cheon Garam (KSPO) put on a ‘firepower show’, both scoring hat tricks, and ended up winning 10-1 to start the tournament on a good note.
Then, in the second game against North Korea, which was considered the ‘biggest challenge’, they achieved a 0-0 draw with solid defense and earned a valuable point.
Currently, South Korea (4 points, goal difference +9) has the same number of points as North Korea (4 points, goal difference +1), but is first in goal difference.
Following North Korea, China is in third place (3 points, goal difference +2), and Thailand is last (0 points, -12 goal difference).
If Korea plays well against China, it will advance to the semifinals to be held in February next year.
The second preliminary round is held in which 12 countries are divided into three groups and the team that ranks first in each group and the team with the best performance among the second-place teams advance to the semifinals.
Both teams that win the semifinals will advance to the Olympic finals.
In the FIFA rankings, Korea (20th) is five places lower than China (15th).
A difficult match is expected as the opponent’s record is 5 wins, 7 draws, and 29 losses.
The most recent victory was eight years ago in the East Asian Cup (1-0 win).
Since then, they have recorded 9 consecutive draws (3 draws, 6 losses) against China.
However, looking at recent matches, there doesn’t seem to be a big gap between the two teams.
In the final match of the Women’s Asian Cup held in India in February last year, Korea narrowly lost 2-3 and finished as runners-up.
Even though they scored two goals in the first half, they lost after being hit by three goals in the second half.
In the East Asian Cup held in Japan in July of that year, the team ended up with a 1-1 draw with China.
In this game as well, Korea scored the first goal.
If the Taegeuk Warriors can show the ‘tremendous firepower’ they showed in the match against Thailand and the solid defense they showed in the match with North Korea, they can expect a victory in the match against China.
Korea’s detailed strategy for the game against China may vary depending on the results of the North Korea-Thailand game, which starts at 4:30 p.m.
Looking at the performance shown in this tournament, it seems unlikely that North Korea will lose to Thailand.
If North Korea wins, South Korea must win against China to take first place in the group due to goal difference.
In this case, it will be important to see how many goals North Korea wins against Thailand.
If South Korea draws with China, it will rank second in the group after North Korea.
If they compare their performance, including points and goal difference, with the second-place team in Groups A and C, they will advance to the semifinals.
If Korea loses to China, it will drop to third place in the group and be immediately eliminated.
Although the possibility seems small, if North Korea draws with Thailand, Korea’s challenge to advance to the semifinals will become much easier.
Even if South Korea draws with China, it will advance to the semifinals as first place in the group because it is ahead of North Korea in goal difference.
If South Korea loses to China, they will be eliminated immediately, regardless of whether North Korea wins or draws against Thailand.