Vietnam has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals for the first time after beating Chinese Taipei 2-1 in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 Repechage round. Finally, at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.
That played a part in Vietnam’s aggressive start as they immediately dominated possession, forcing Chinese Taipei to defend deep.
The East Asian side found Vietnam’s crosses hard to deal with and it cost them as early as the seventh minute as Chuong rose almost unchallenged to nod home Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung’s corner.
Buoyed by the goal, Vietnam pressed forward but it nearly proved to be their undoing in the 19th minute when Su Yu-Hsuan latched onto a loose ball and raced into the penalty box before relaying it to a surging Chen Yen-Ping.
Chen slotted home but to Chinese Taipei’s dismay, the ball had crossed the touchline before Su had played it back.
Neither side found a way through in the remaining minutes of the first half but Chinese Taipei started the second in spectacular fashion as Su drew them level in the 49th minute.
The goal was the result of Wu Kai-Ching’s brilliance as the midfielder stole the ball, weaved past several Vietnam players and released Su who sent her shot into the bottom left corner past goalkeeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh.
The match had shifted in Chinese Taipei’s favour but Vietnam were undaunted and pushed forward with their positive play rewarded with a second goal in the 56th minute as Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy brilliantly controlled Thai Thi Thao’s cross before blasting the ball past Tsai Ming-Jung.
That was enough to take Vietnam to a historic first appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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