Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun played the full 90 minutes for South Korea as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat to China in Goyang this morning.
The 30-year-old experienced midfielder collected her 126th senior international cap for her country, drawing her level with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Cho So-hyun as South Korea’s most capped player of all time.
Cho was named in the South Korea squad for this morning’s Women’s Olympic Qualifying Asia final first leg tie at the Goyang Stadium but she remained an unused substitute. Brighton & Hove Albion forward Lee Geum-min also started the match on the bench but she came on to feature for the last 14 minutes as South Korea chased an equalising goal.
It was the visitors who broke the deadlock after 33 minutes in Goyang with Chinese midfielder Xin Zhang netting the first goal of the tie. South Korea responded and they were level six minutes later through Kang Chae-rim following a neat pass from Ji. China returned home with a 2-1 first leg victory thanks to a Wang Shuang penalty kick in the second half.
South Korea travel to Jiangsu for the second leg on Tuesday morning. Colin Bell’s side will need to put in a huge performance if they are to keep their hopes of Olympic qualification alive.