Ji-so-yeon “Jimesi” Ji (Suwon FC Wimin) was outstanding.

The Korean Asian Games women’s football team, led by head coach Colleen Bell, defeated Myanmar 3-0 in the first match of Group E at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Wenzhou Sports Center Stadium in Wenzhou, China, at 8:30 p.m. (ET) today.

South Korea lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Son Hwa-yeon (Incheon Hyundai Steel), Chun Garam (Hwacheon KSPO), Lee Min-ah (Incheon Hyundai Steel), and Choi Yoo-ri (Birmingham City) were up front, while Jang Seul-ki (Incheon Hyundai Steel) and Ji So-yeon held down the middle. Choo Hyo-joo, Shim Seo-yeon (Suwon FC Wimin), Kim Hye-ri (Incheon Hyundai Steel), and Lee Eun-young (Korea University) formed the back four. Kim Jung-mi (Incheon Hyundai Steel) was in goal. 레모나토토

There were 10 players on the reserve list, including Choi Ye-seul (Changnyeong WFC), Kim Hye-young (Gyeongju Hansuwon), Kwon Ha-neul (Mungyeong Sangmu), Moon Eun-joo (Hwacheon KSPO), Moon Mi-ra (Suwon FC Womin), Park Eun-sun (Seoul Metropolitan Government), Jeon Eun-ha (Suwon FC Womin), Jung Seol-bin (Incheon Hyundai Steel), Ryu Ji-soo (Seoul Metropolitan Government), and Bae Ye-bin (Widok University).

Korea struck first from the kickoff. In the first minute, Lee Eun-young found Choi Yoo-ri cutting in from the right flank. After a cross to the center, she got a shot off, but it was blocked by the opponent’s physical defense. In the fourth minute, Son Hwa-yeon earned a free kick opportunity. A cross from Ji So-yeon was sent into a high trajectory. Choi Yuri shot the ball over the goalkeeper’s head, but it lacked power.

It was one-sided. 5th minute, Chun Garam broke down the right flank and crossed, but her shot was blocked by the goalkeeper. The attack continued. Chun tried a header from inside the box, but it floated over the top of the goal.

Cheers erupted. In the 13th minute, Choi Yuri and Lee Min-ah saved the ball with sensible passes. Jang Seul-ki dived into the center but her shot was blocked by the defense. Following a pass from Ji So-yeon and a cross from Lee Eun-young, Son Hwa-yeon’s header found the back of the net but was ruled offside.

Finally, the balance was broken. In the 23rd minute, Kim Hye-ri sent a long ball into the danger zone. Chun Ga-ram, Choo Hyo-joo, and Ji So-yeon took shots, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Finally, Lee Eun-young calmly timed her shot and cracked the net with a powerful shot to take the lead.

Myanmar was unable to fight back. In the 30th minute, Choi Yoo-ri had a shot from the edge of the box that was saved. In the 33rd minute, Lee Eun-young crossed and Lee Min-ah headed wide. No further goals were scored in the remaining time. The first half ended with South Korea leading 1-0.

The second half was no different. In the eighth minute of the second half, Kim Hye-ri’s forward pass and Son Hwa-yeon’s one-two pass led to an attack. Jang Seul-ki took a short corner kick and shot, but the goalkeeper punched it out. A nervous breakdown also occurred. In the 10th minute of the second half, Jang Seul-ki, who was penetrating into the danger zone, was brought down by an opponent’s foul. At this time, there was a clash between Myanmar players and Son Hwa-yeon and Kim Hye-ri.

The gap widened. In the 13th minute of the second half, Jang Seul-ki won a free kick. Ji So-yeon, the kicker, boldly took a direct shot. The ball narrowly missed the defense and went into the corner of the goal. South Korea introduced Moon Mi-ra and Jeon Eun-ha in place of Chun Garam and Lee Min-ah.