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South Korea beat Philippines to enter first Women’s Asian Cup final

PUNE, INDIA (AFP) – Midfielder Cho So-hyun’s fourth-minute goal helped ease South Korea to a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Philippines and enter their first Women’s Asian Cup final in India yesterday.

Son Hwa-yeon doubled the lead in the 34th minute and South Korea, who beat Australia 1-0 in the quarter-finals, dominated the game with 80 per cent possession in the first half.

The Philippines’ forward line breached the opposition defence a few times but nine of their shots were off target.

The Covid-hit tournament, hosted in Pune, saw hosts India bow out after they were unable to field a team for their second match against Taiwan last month when several players tested positive.

Korea will now face the winners of the second semi-final between eight-time champions China and title-holders Japan.

All four semi-finalists have booked a berth in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

South Korea’s Lee Youngju (L) fights for the ball during the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 football semi-final match between South Korea and Philippines in Pune. PHOTO: AFP