Taiwan World Cup dreams over


It was not to be for the Taiwanese Women who came within forty minutes of a first World Cup spot for the nation. Despite this, the AFC Women's Asian Cup has been great for football on the island and the hope is this will only push the game further.

Dreams ended 

Taiwan played their final match of the Round-Robin in India on Sunday where they faced Vietnam. In the end, it was not to be for the Taiwan team as they went down to a 2-1 defeat and their World Cup place was gone with it. 

In the build-up to the previous match with Thailand, some of the key players were tested positive for Covid so could not play.

To the game itself, it started with Taiwan in a 4-4-2 formation, with Vietnam having more control of the ball in the final third. Within seven minutes, Vietnam had a corner kick, which was headed home by Kieu Thi Chuong. Taiwan did have a chance though on 19 minutes when they had Vietnam on the counter-attack with Yu-Hsuan Su breaking down the left. 

In to the second half, the two sides had chances, it was Taiwan turn first on 50 minutes, as Kai-Ching Wu made a beautiful breakthrough in the middle of the pitch before finding Yu-Hsuan Su who broke through two defenders to score at the far post for the equaliser.

Unfortunately, it was not to last as six minutes later Vietnam were ahead again after a cross from the left found the head of Bich Thuy Thi Nguyen who headed home to put her nation back ahead.

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