South Korean women’s football team draw 1-1 against Japan at the top Asian women’s competition on Thursday.
South Korea after giving up a goal only about 30 seconds in, got their equalizer in the 85th minute for a point to close out Group C at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup being played in India.
During the match Japan still won the group over South Korea on goal difference, as both countries are moving on to the quarterfinals as the top two seeds.
South Korean coach Bell commented that holding the two-time defending champs was just the kind of boost his players needed entering the quarterfinals against the top seed from Group B. The tournament is also serving as the final Asian qualifying stage for the 2023 FIFA World Cup.
South Korea opened the tournament last Friday and has been playing with only two days of break in between matches. The team will get two days off again before playing in the quarterfinals.
Coach Bell mentioned that the key to his team’s preparation is to recover and be ready against a physical Australian side.
AT present Australia are the highest-ranked team in this tournament at No. 11, and they have played in each of the past three finals, winning it all in 2010 and then finishing runners-up to Japan in 2014 and 2018.
South Korea has managed just two wins against Australia by two draws and 13 losses. While their most recent win came in October 2010. in March 2019, They lost 4-1 in their last matchup.