PARIS OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS: CHINESE WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM DEFEATS THAILAND TO RETAIN HOPES OF QUALIFYING
Xiamen, China – In a thrilling match on October 29, the Chinese women’s football team secured a victory against Thailand in the Paris Olympic Qualifiers. The Chinese team, determined to keep their hopes alive, won the game with a scoreline of 3-0.
This victory was a significant boost for the Chinese women’s team, who had lost their first match against North Korea with a score of 1-2. To advance to the next stage of the Olympic qualifiers, only the first-place team and the second-place team with the best results among the three groups will qualify.
The match against Thailand proved crucial for the Chinese team as they aimed to secure a win and improve their goal difference. Coach Shui Qingxia made notable adjustments to the lineup, introducing players like Zhang Linyan, Shen Mengyu, and Tu Linli, along with veteran Zhang Rui.
The game got off to an intense start, with Chen Qiaozhu providing a brilliant assist to Yan Jinjin in the 15th minute, breaking the deadlock and putting China in the lead. Despite dominating the first half, the Chinese team missed several scoring opportunities, thanks to the exceptional performance of the Thai goalkeeper.
In the second half, the Chinese team continued their pursuit of goals. It wasn’t until the 68th minute that Chen Qiaozhu struck from the left wing, and the ball curved into the far corner, increasing China’s lead to 2-0. Just two minutes later, Shen Mengyu’s incredible breakthrough led to a cross, which Uzhugumula converted into another goal, securing a convincing 3-0 victory for the Chinese team.
Throughout the game, the Chinese team displayed their attacking prowess, with 12 shots on target out of a total of 29 attempts. However, the goal difference fell short of pre-match expectations.
In Group B, another match between South Korea and North Korea ended in a goalless draw with a scoreline of 0-0. Currently, both South Korea and North Korea have 4 points, securing the top two positions in the group. The Chinese team stands third with 3 points, while Thailand finds themselves at the bottom of the group after two consecutive losses.
Moving forward, on November 1, the Chinese team will face the group leaders, South Korea, in the final round of the group stage. Victory against South Korea is crucial if China hopes to advance to the next stage. Additionally, they will also rely on favorable results in the other matches to secure their qualification.
The Chinese women’s football team displayed great determination and skill in their game against Thailand, demonstrating their determination to qualify for the Paris Olympics. As the competition intensifies, all eyes will be on the upcoming matches as teams battle for a place in the prestigious tournament.