Brighton & Hove Albion’s Lee Geum-min, Chelsea’s Ji So-yun and Tottenham Hotspur’s Cho So-hyun will not be going to the Olympic Games this summer after South Korea lost their Women’s Olympic Qualifying Asia tie 4-3 on aggregate to China.
South Korea were training 2-1 from last week’s first leg and while they won the second leg by the same scoreline in normal time, Wang Shuang struck the deciding goal for China in the first half of extra-time.
Chelsea and Spurs players Ji and Cho were fielded in the heart of the South Korean midfield and the pair played the full 120 minutes of the second leg tie. Brighton & Hove Albion forward Lee also started the match in attack.
South Korea pulled the aggregate scores level in the first half in Jiangsu when Cho played in Kang Chae-rim to score before Colin Bell’s side took a clear advantage in fortunate circumstances on the stroke of half time when Li Mengwen put through her own net.
The game swung back onto a level footing 24 minutes into the second half when Wang scored a crucial goal for China and the hosts went on to seal their Olympic place when the same player netted the decisive goal at the end of the first half of extra-time.
China become the 11th nation to confirm their place at Tokyo 2020.