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Spurs Women internationals: Cho’s South Korea through to Asian Cup finals

Thu 23 September 2021, 14:00|Tottenham Hotspur

So-hyun Cho’s South Korea became the first team to book their place in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup finals on Tuesday.

Captaining the side, Cho scored twice as the Taegeuk Ladies kicked-off their two-game qualifying campaign on Friday with a 12-0 rout of Mongolia. Our number 11 headed home her first on 16 minutes to double her nation’s lead before she slid in nine minutes after the restart and add her second and South Korea's eighth of the game.

Cho then helped her nation complete the job on Tuesday as they defeated Uzbekistan 4-0 to secure their place in the finals. They have now qualified for 13 consecutive Asian Cup finals, extending their continental record.

In Europe, Esther Morgan and Tinja-Riika Korpela played their part as Wales and Finland got their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifications campaigns off to the perfect start over the weekend.

On Friday, Wales began their qualification campaign in Group I with a 6-0 thrashing of Kazakhstan. Esther came off the bench in the 86th minute along with former Spur Megan Wynne while Josie Green was an unused substitute. Then, on Tuesday, both Esther and Josie were named on the bench as Gemma Grainger’s side continued their perfect start to qualifying with a 1-0 win over Estonia. They sit second in the group behind France on goal difference.

Tinja-Riika, meanwhile, skippered Finland to the best possible start in Group A. Wearing the captain’s armband, the goalkeeper played the full 90 minutes as her nation defeated Slovakia 2-1 in their opener, leaving them sat second in the group with a game in hand on leaders Sweden.