July 7, 2022

South Korea is on its last hurdle to clear in the top Asian women’s football tournament by playing against China on Sunday at DV Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, kicking off at 4:30 p.m. local time or 8 p.m. in Seoul.

South Korea on Thursday had succesfully booked a spot in the final of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup by beating the Philippines 2-0 in the semifinals in India. China later that night, set up a date with South Korea by edging out Japan 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

Coached by Colin Bell, the South Korean team are trying to win their maiden AFC crown, while this is also their first appearance in the final. Previously China have won eight titles, more than any other country, and will chase their first championship since 2006.

South Korea are reportedly just one spot ahead of China in the FIFA rankings at No. 18, but have had little success against them with just four wins, seven draws and 28 losses.

South Korea are currently winless against China in their past seven meetings, with two draws and five losses. Their last victory over China was in August 2015.

China most recently held off South Korea in April 2021 in the final Asian playoff for the Tokyo Olympics.

South Korea beat Vietnam and Myanmar in the group stage, in succession, before holding the two-time defending champions Japan to a 1-1 draw. In the quarterfinals, it upset world No. 11 Australia 1-0, by sending the highest-ranked team in the tournament home early.

This tournament is also the final Asian qualification phase for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. South Korea secured their place after reaching the semifinals.