Asian Cup final preview

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On Sunday China and South Korea do battle in the AFC Asian Women's Cup Final,  a final not many would have expected but it should be a great occasion. The unlikely final has come around as China defeated Japan on penalties while South Korea beat the Philippines.

A competitive final expected 

The final itself will take place at D Y Patil Sports Stadium in Mumbai India with many in both Korea and China watching on from their homes. I would say Korea would be the favourites too as in the semi-final they overcame the Philippines with first-half goals from Cho So-hyun and Son Hwa-yeon resulting in a 2-0 win and Korean progression to the finals for the first time in the country's history.

It was much tougher for The Chinese as they took on back-to-back title defenders Japan in the competition's second semi-finals.  Although China is the most successful nation in this competition, having won the AFC Women's Asian Cup on eight occasions, they haven't progressed to the finals since 2008.

Japan for their part have been present in the last game of the tournament for the past three Women's Asian Cups.  The dominant force in Asia during that time, a fourth consecutive finals appearance was expected.

It was not to be though as the clock wound down, it looked like Japan would be heading towards another final but in the 119th minute though Wang Shanshan equalized and sent the game to penalties. A 4-3 penalty win secured the victory for China as they head to their eleventh final.  

Away from final Taiwan could be on course for their first-ever World Cup, as they are part of a three-team round-robin style playoff that continues for the fifth and final World Cup qualifying spot. In order to make this happen, they will need to defeat Vietnam on Sunday having already overcome Thailand. 

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