China lift Women’s Asian Cup, Vietnam win #FIFAWWC play off

China lift the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup
China lift the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. (Photo: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

China fought back to beat South Korea in the Women’s Asian Cup Final, while Vietnam won a play off to qualify for the World Cup.

China had beaten Japan on penalties in the semi-finals but found themselves two goals down to South Korea at the final in Mumbai.

Choe Yu-ri and a penalty from Chelsea’s Ji So-yun saw South Korea lead 2-0 at half time but the Steel Roses began their response with another spot-kick – by Spurs’ Tang Jiali – midway through the second half.

Zhang Linyan levelled shortly afterwards and then Xiao Yuyi grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time winner.

Vietnam qualify for their first ever Women's World Cup
Vietnam players celebrate qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. (Photo: Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

Vietnam were in a round-robin play off for the World Cup with two other beaten quarter-finalists.

They defeated Thailand 2-0 with goals by Huỳnh Như and Thái Thị Thảo, then edged Chinese Taipei 2-1 as Nguyễn Thị Bích Thùy netted the decider.

Sitting 32nd in the rankings, Vietnam can now look forward to their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals in 2023.

China, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea earlier qualified by winning their quarter-final ties.

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