We take a look back at this month’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2014 tournament in Vietnam, the quality of which did not disappoint.
We followed the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam, which saw Japan, Australia, Korea Republic, China PR and Thailand book their places at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015.
Good things come to those who wait:
It took them 37 years, but Japan have won the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
We witnessed another historic moment in women’s football as Japan lift maiden AFC Women’s Asian Cup title, they beat the defending champions Australia 1-0 in the final. Azusa Iwashimizu scored the goal that gave them the win at Thong Nhat Stadium.
Japan had previously come close to winning the competition, having been four-times runners-up and three-times third-place finishers. Japan finally ended the 37 years of drought since they first entered the competition in 1977.
Miyama awarded the tournament’s MVP award:
Aya Miyama celebrated a double triumph on Sunday night as not only did she lead her team to a first-ever AFC Women’s Asian Cup title but she was also awarded the tournament’s MVP award for her efforts.
Miyama commented on the AFC official website: “Although on a personal level I am pleased to be given this award, we had a lot of new players integrated into the team at this tournament and all the players were valuable in winning the title – not just one person, so the victory we got today is an even greater reward than being named the MVP.”
Park Eun-sun wins the tournament’s top goalscorer award:
Photo: AFC Official website
Korea Republic’s prolific striker Park Eun-sun was named the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Top Goalscorer after netting six goals in five games in the competition.
China’s Yang Li equalled this goal tally but Park was given the award as a result of having one more assists.
Great support by hosts Vietnam:
One of my favourite images from this year’s tournament, captures the passionate fans supporting their teams as they progress through the competition.
What was your highlight of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2014? Leave your comments below
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