Taeguk Ladies reach final Olympic qualifier

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Taeguk Ladies reach final Olympic qualifier

Korea has reached the final stage in its Olympic women’s football qualifying campaign.

The Taeguk Ladies advanced to the Asian qualifying playoff for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday without even playing in the third round on the southern island of Jeju. In the lone Group A match of the day, Vietnam defeated Myanmar 1-0, a result that ensured Vietnam and Korea will finish in the top two in the group and compete in the playoff in March.

Myanmar lost to Korea 7-0 on Monday and has been eliminated from contention.

Korea and Vietnam, 20th and 32nd in the latest FIFA rankings, will square off at 3 p.m. Sunday with the top seed in Group A on the line.

In the playoff, those two teams will be joined by the top two seeds from Group B, which is made up of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei and Thailand. The two-legged playoff will pit the Group A winner against the Group B runner-up, and the Group B winner against the Group A runner-up, on March 6 and March 11. The two victorious nations will punch their tickets to Tokyo.

Australia and China, ranked seventh and 15th in the world, are favored to come out of Group A.

Women’s football made its Olympic debut in 1996, and Korea has never played at the quadrennial event.

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