The final game in the four-team 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship saw Taiwan’s women’s soccer team lose 4-0 to South Korea, placing them last overall. Since 2000, South Korea has defeated Taiwan 14 times in a row.

Taiwan, playing as “Chinese Taipei,” played effectively in the opening third of the game at Kashima Soccer Stadium in Ibaraki Prefecture until defender Chang Chi-lan scored an own goal in the 35th minute. Fans were devastated by this unexpected goal when Jang Sel-cross gi accidentally volleyed into her net as she extended her left foot to block Lee Min-a from taking a shot on goal.

Three minutes later, South Korean striker Kang Chae-rim blasted a right-footed shot into the lower left corner, causing Taiwan’s defence to collapse immediately after that.

The score increased to 3-0 in the 40th minute when Lee outran Taiwan defender Su Sin-Yun in the opposition’s penalty area and unleashed a thunderous right-foot shot that zipped beyond Cheng Ssu Yu‘s outstretched fingertips.

Taiwan regrouped after the break and improved its defence for the entire second half. However, South Korea earned another opportunity in the 90th minute to win the game 4-0 with a goal by forwarding Ko Min-jung right before the final whistle. South Korea was the favoured team to win based on betting odds by 365bet. However, Taiwan fans were disappointed in their team’s performance.

Taiwan’s head football coach, Yen Shih-kai, claimed the South Korean team was a formidable opponent and that Taiwan could learn from the experience.

“Our team’s ability to maintain themselves physically and composure in the face of such a formidable team was also tested.” It is something we must continue to focus on,” added Yen.

In their debut match of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Tournament 2022 in Japan, Taiwan’s women’s national soccer team was defeated 2-0 by China. Chinese striker Zhang Linyan, 21, opened the scoring in the 12th minute, putting Taiwan on the back foot right away.

With the triumph, South Korea moved up to the third position in the four-nation competition, while defending champion Japan finished first with two victories and a draw. China came in second place with one win and two ties.

There is no doubt that Taiwan’s loss to South Korea can be attributed to many factors. Experts attributed the poor results of Taiwanese women’s football to a lack of investment in the sport at both national and grassroots levels. The team will have to face its weaknesses and improve from experience if it wants to improve its performance.