PALEMBANG, Indonesia, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) — South Korea beat the Maldives 8-0 in their women’s football match at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on Sunday.
Son Hwa-Yeon scored a hat-trick at Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium in Palembang, Indonesia, to lead South Korea to their second straight win in Group A in the women’s football competition at the Asian Games.
South Korea defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1 in their opening match on Thursday. South Korea will wrap up their group stage campaign against hosts Indonesia on Tuesday.
The Taeguk Ladies, led by head coach Yoon Duk-yeo, are looking for their first gold medal at the Asian Games. South Korea took bronze medals at the two previous Asian Games.
The women’s football tournament at this year’s Asian Games features 11 teams. North Korea, the defending champions, are in Group B with China, Hong Kong and Tajikistan. Group C only has three countries: Japan, Vietnam and Thailand.
The top three nations from Groups A and B, and the top two from Group C will advance to the quarterfinals.
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