• China PR qualified for Tokyo 2020
  • Steel Roses beat Republic of Korea in the playoffs (4-3, cumulative score)
  • Wang Shuang’s double saved the Chinese

The Republic of Korea will not play their first-ever Women’s Olympic Football Tournament this summer. The Taegeuk Ladies yet came very close to the feat by leading 2-0 on the ground of the Chinese, this Tuesday, April 13 during the second round of the Asia Zone play-offs.

But the Steel Roses, who won the first away round on April 8 (1-2), snatched extra time before equalizing and validating their ticket for their sixth Olympic Tournament, an event in which they reached the final in the inaugural edition in 1996.

Everything was however ideally engaged for the players of Colin Bell. At the half hour mark, Cho So-Hyun made the entire Chinese defense dizzy before serving Kang Chae-Rim behind for the opener.

The South Koreans doubled the lead as the break approached. Following a corner kick and a superbly knocked back header by a reflex stop from Peng Shimeng on her line, the Chinese gate bowed to her own teammate Li Megwen, who involuntarily scored against her camp.

Dominated, the locals ruined the efforts of Taegeuk Ladies thanks to substitute Yang Man 20 minutes from the final whistle, which resulted in extra time. The Chinese then went to their star player Wang Shuang, who donned the costume of national heroine by scoring the equalizing goal (2-2).

The PR China joins Japan and Australia among the Asian representatives of Tokyo 2020. A place remains to be taken for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, which will be awarded this Tuesday after the return match of the Intercontinental play-off between Chile and Cameroon (2-1 victory for the Chileans in the first leg).

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