Vietnam’s hope of participating in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup as one of Asia’s top five teams came to an end on Friday as they were eliminated from the regional qualifier for the tournament.
Vietnam lost 0-3 to South Korea in their last group stage game of the Jordan-hosted 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup, which serves as the final stage of Asian qualification for the 2019 World Cup in France.
It was the third consecutive loss for the Vietnamese women, who were previously beaten 0-4 by Japan on April 7, and routed 0-8 by Australia on April 10.
The top five teams of the Jordan event, running from April 6 to 20, qualify for the 2019 World Cup. As of Saturday, both Australia and Japan have qualified for the Cup.
|The Vietnamese women's football team. Photo: FIFA|
Vietnam had targeted to make it to the fifth-placed match of the eight-team AFC Women's Asian Cup, to secure the historic World Cup ticket.
Despite their elimination, Vietnam were praised for their brave journey at the event, having to share Group B with all regional strongest rivals. Group A consists of China, Thailand, the Philippines, and Jordan.
While the Vietnamese women have to wait at least another four years to restart their World Cup dream, their Southeast Asian peers from Thailand qualified for the second successive Women's World Cup after beating the Philippines 3-1 on Friday.
The Thais earned their historic maiden qualification at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015.