Ji World Cup-bound after South Korea win
News Tue 17 Apr 2018
Ji So-Yun set up a goal as South Korea booked their place in the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a 5-0 win over the Philippines at the Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan on Monday.
With the Taegeuk Ladies leading 1-0 in first-half stoppage time at Amman International Stadium, the Chelsea midfielder made an exquisite pass to an unmarked Lee Min-A, who finished easily to give her side a two-goal advantage at the interval.
Jang Sel-Gi had put the South Koreans ahead after 34 minutes and they pulled away in the second half through Lim Seon-Joo and a brace by captain Cho So-Hyun to secure fifth place in the tournament and a spot at the 2019 World Cup in France.
Ji, who was shortlisted last weekend for the PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year award alongside four of her Chelsea team-mates, was given a well-deserved rest when she replaced after 73 minutes with her team leading by four goals.
The South Koreans were unbeaten and did not concede a goal in four games in Jordan but they narrowly missed out on the Asian Cup semi-finals after scoring one goal less than Japan during the group stage.
They have qualified for the Women’s World Cup on two previous occasions and reached the last 16 in Canada in 2015.