The South Korean women’s soccer team, led by head coach Colin Bell, will play its final Group B match against China at Xiamen Egret Stadium in Fujian, China, at 8:35 p.m. on November 1 (Korea time).
In Group B, dubbed the “group of death,” South Korea is leading the way and doing unexpectedly well.
In the first match against Thailand, Casey Eugene Fair and KSPO played a “fire show” in which they scored hat tricks side by side, and won 10-1 to start the tournament in a good mood.
In the second match against North Korea, which was considered the “biggest crisis,” he then garnered a valuable point by creating a 0-0 draw with a solid defense.
Currently, South Korea (winning point 4, goal difference +9) has the same point as North Korea (winning point 4, goal difference +1), but is the top in goal difference.
After North Korea, China is third (point 3, goal difference +2) and Thailand is the lowest (point 0, goal difference -12).
Korea will advance to the semifinals in February next year if it passes the match against China well.
The second qualifying round, in which 12 countries will play in three groups, will be held in a way that the first-place team in each group and one of the second-place teams will play in the semifinals.
Both teams that won the semifinals will advance to the Olympic finals.
In the FIFA rankings, South Korea (20th) is five notches below China (15th).
In the opponent’s record, a difficult match is expected as it is also in the inferiority with five wins, seven draws and 29 losses.
The latest victory came at the East Asian Cup (1-0) eight years ago. Since then, he has won nine consecutive games (three draws and six losses) against China.
However, in terms of the recent games, there seems to be no gap as large as before between the two teams.
In the women’s Asian Cup final match held in India in February last year, Korea came from behind to lose 2-3 and finished second. He scored two goals first in the first half, but lost after getting three goals in the second half.
In the East Asian Cup held in Japan in July that year, the team played on par with China and ended up with a 1-1 draw. South Korea also scored the first goal in the match.
If the Taegeuk Warriors show off their “mak-gang fire” in the match against Thailand and their strong defense in the match against North Korea, it is worth looking forward to winning the match against China.
South Korea’s detailed strategy for the match against China may vary depending on the results of the North Korea-Thailand match, which starts at 4:30 p.m. earlier.
Based on the history revealed in this tournament, it seems unlikely that North Korea will lose to Thailand.
If North Korea wins, South Korea must win over China to determine the goal difference and can expect to win the group. In this case, it is expected that it will be important for North Korea to win against Thailand by how many goals.
If South Korea ties with China, it will rank second in the group after North Korea. If they reach the semifinals by comparing their performance with the second-ranked teams in Group A and C, including points and goal difference, they will advance to the semifinals.
If Korea loses to China, it will fall to third place in the group and be eliminated immediately.
The possibility seems small, but if North Korea ties with Thailand, South Korea’s challenge to advance to the semifinals will be easier.
South Korea will advance to the semifinals as No. 1 in the group because it is ahead of North Korea in goal difference just by drawing with China.
If South Korea loses to China, it will be eliminated immediately, which is the same as North Korea’s win or tie against Thailand.