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2019 qualifying campaign gathers pace

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Australia v Indonesia - AFC U-17 Women's Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers - 1

Kuala Lumpur: The AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers continues on Wednesday with the Group E teams kicking off their campaign. 

Teams in Groups A, B, C, D and F continue their campaign to earn the right to advance to the second round of the Qualifiers, which will see eight teams vying for four places in the Finals.

DPR Korea, Korea Republic, Japan and Thailand have already qualified for the Finals next September.

Group A

Uzbekistan 3-1 Guam

Colombo: Uzbekistan bounced back to secure their first qualifying campaign victory after notching a 3-1 win over Guam in Group A at the CR & FC Grounds in Sri Lanka.

Uzbekistan controlled the pace of the match from the start and broke the deadlock after 23 minutes through Oysara Suyunova’s effort and the Central Asians scored their second in the 39th minute when Leyla Oraniyazova found a way past the Guam defence.

Guam came back fighting in the second half and pulled one back following Jinae Bernadette’s strike in the 64th minute but Parvina Sodikova scored Uzbekistan’s third a minute later to settle the tie.

Uzbekistan, who shared the spoils with Jordan in a goalless stalemate on Saturday, will face Sri Lanka on Friday while Guam take on Jordan on Sunday.

China PR 17-0 Sri Lanka

Colombo: China PR flexed their muscles to beat Guam 17-0 to earn their second successive win in Group A.

The win takes China top of the group with six points, while Jordan and Uzbekistan are tied at four points, followed by Guam with three, and Sri Lanka at the bottom.

China’s dominance began as early as the fourth minute with Shao Ziqin giving the East Asians a fourth minute goal before Fu Congcong, Wang Siqian, Li Lanlan and Chi Shiying all got on the scoresheet in the eighth, 16th, 18th and 26th minutes respectively.

Fu and Ziqin then scored their second goals of the night in the 36th and 41st minutes respectively, and two minutes into first half added time, Fu completed her hat-trick.

Jiang Chenjing then found the back of the net with goals in the 49th and 50th minutes, while Huang Mengyu, Wang Minhui and Wang Xinling gave China widened China's lead in the 64th, 69th and 71st minutes respectively to make it 13-0.

Minhui scored her second in the 78th minute, before Ziqin secured her hat-trick in the 81st and Chen Jiayu scored her first goal of the Qualifiers a minute later.

Shao Zijia ended proceedings three minutes into added time with her strike.

Group B

India 4-0 Pakistan

Ulaanbaatar: India took a giant step towards qualifying for the next round after sailing past Pakistan 4-0 at the MFF Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

India, who defeated Hong Kong 6-1 in their opening match on Saturday, opened their account in the 21st minute through Aveka Singh and doubled their advantage in the 42nd minute from Kiran’s effort.

Pakistan, who have lost all their matches, tried to fight back in the second half but fell further behind in the 81st minute when Sunita Munda hit India’s third and Shilky Devi Hemam made it 4-0 seven minutes later.

India will meet Mongolia on Friday while Pakistan, who remain at the bottom of Group B, will face Hong Kong next on Sunday.

Laos 4-0 Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar: Laos secured their second successive win after cruising to a 4-0 win against Mongolia at the MFF Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Laos troubled Mongolia early on as they went ahead through Phimpha Thongsavang’s opening goal in the 12th minute and followed up with their second eight minutes later with Inthida Khounsy finding the net to put them 2-0 up at halftime.

PE, who was instrumental in Laos’ 3-0 win over Pakistan on Monday, scored the third in the 59th minute as Mongolia could not find their rhythm.

PE then added the fourth in the 78th minute as Laos walked away with the win. Mongolia, who lost 2-1 to Hong Kong on Monday, will face India in a crucial tie on Friday while Laos will take on Hong Kong.

Group C

Islamic Republic of Iran 4-0 Singapore

Hisor: A Roghayeh Jalalnasab hat-trick steered Islamic Republic of Iran to a 4-0 victory over Singapore in Group C at the Hisor Central Stadium in Tajikistan.

IR Iran, who flexed their muscles in a 12-0 rout of Northern Mariana Islands on Saturday, opened the scoring through Negin Zandi’s 11th minute strike and quickly added another from Jalalnasab’s effort a minute later.

The Central Asians went on to dominate the match as Jalalnasab picked up her second in the 21st minute and her third from the penalty spot in the 31st minute as Singapore were left chasing shadows.

IR Iran will take on Tajikistan on Friday while Singapore will next face Northern Mariana Islands on Sunday.

Thailand 8-0 Tajikistan

Hisor: Thailand collected their second win after strolling to a 8-0 victory over Tajikistan in Group C at the Hisor Central Stadium in Tajikistan.

Thailand were in cruise control from the start as Pluemjai Sontisawat found the net after just 10 minutes of play and doubled the advantage in the 20th minute with Suchavadee Chompaeng adding the third eight minutes later.

Tajikistan were no match for the ASEAN side who kicked up a gear and scored four more goals as Janista Jinantuya and Fasawang Kaetkeaw each scored twice to give Thailand a commanding 7-0 lead at halftime.

Sontisawat completed her hat-trick in the 57th minute as Thailand walked away with the three points and will face Northern Mariana Islands on Friday while Tajikistan take on Islamic Republic of Iran.

Group D

Australia 11-0 Indonesia

Bishkek: Australia beat Indonesia 11-0 to secure a second win in Group D.

In their opener against Palestine two days ago, Australia also scored an 11-0 win and against Indonesia, it took them five minutes to open the scoring with Nia Stamatopoulos’s goal, while Georgia Beaumont doubled their lead in the 11th minute.

Alana Jancevski scored her first goal in the 33rd minute before Stamatopoulos scored her second through a penalty kick.

Jancevski made it 5-0 for Australia in the 42nd minute.

Australia didn’t reduce the pressure in the second half as Beaumont secured her brace in the 49th minute, while Jordan Janos and Josie Morley found the back of the net in the 54th and 60th minutes.

Beaumont completed her hat-trick in the 67th minute, before scoring her sixth goal of the tournament three minutes later.

Morley scored Australia’s final goal of the game with her 76th minute strike.

Indonesia will play their final Group D match against Chinese Taipei on Friday, where a win will boost their chances of progressing to the next round of the Qualifiers.

Chinese Taipei 8-0 Palestine

Bishkek: Chinese Taipei beat Palestine 8-0 to edge closer to advancing to the next round of the Qualifiers.

Wang Shih-han opened the scoring for Chinese Taipei in the 13th minute, and Wu Dai-ling doubled their lead 10 minutes later.

Chinese Taipei, who secured a slim 2-1 win in their opener against Kyrgyz Republic, showed their prowess in the second half with Chiang Tzu-shan finding the back of the net in the 53rd minute.

From the 68th minute, Wu Dai-ling scored two goals in the span of seven minutes to make it 5-0 for the East Asians, before Chuang Chih-yi furthered their advantage in the 78th minute.

Wu completed her hat-trick in the 85th minute but it was Lin Yu-syuan who had the final say with her goal three minutes into added time.

Group E

Myanmar 3-0 Malaysia

Kathmandu: Myat Noe Khin score three goals in the second half to power Myanmar to an opening day 3-0 win over Malaysia to secure a great start in Group E.

After a goalless first half at the Halchowk Stadium, Myanmar opened the scoring through Noe Khin’s 75th minute effort, before adding two more in the 87th and 89th minutes to seal the win.

Next up, Myanmar will go up against Nepal, while Malaysia will look to bounce back from their loss as they face the Philippines on Friday.

Philippines 4-0 Nepal

Kathmandu: Two goals in each half ensured Philippines a great start to their Round 1 Qualifiers campaign as they beat Nepal 4-0 at the Halchowk Stadium.

Maria Lazo broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute, before scoring another a minute into first half added time to give Philippines a comfortable lead going into the break.

In the second half, Philippines only found their breakthrough in the closing stages of the game with Keanne Maicah Alamo making it 3-0 in the 76th minute for the Southeast Asians, and Mikaela Villacin sealed the win with her 82nd minute strike.

Group F

Bangladesh 8-0 Lebanon

Dhaka: Bangladesh outclassed Lebanon 8-0 to inch closer to advancing to the next round of the Qualifiers.

Sajeda gave Bangladesh a head start in the 14th minute, before an own goal from Lebanon’s Maria Slim doubled the South Asians’ advantage five minutes later.

Bangladesh were relentless in front of goal, with Tohura, Anai Mogini and Sajeda etching their names on the scoresheet in the 23rd, 27th and 40th minutes respectively to secure a comfortable lead going into the break.

Two minutes into the second half, Shamsunnahar found the back of the net, before scoring another in the 63rd minute to bring her personal tally to four, as she continued her trend of scoring two goals per game.

Rojina Akhter had the final say, scoring in the 75th minute to claim all three points and top spot in the standings.

Lebanon face a must-win match against Vietnam in their final Group F tie to ensure a fighting chance of reaching the next round of the Qualifiers, while Bangladesh still have two games to play.

Vietnam 14-0 Bahrain

Dhaka: Dang Thanh Thao scored six goals to power Vietnam 14-0 past Bahrain at the Birshrestha Sipahi Mohammad Mostafa Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Vietnam were clinical in the first half as they overwhelmed Bahrain, scoring 10 goals.

Nguyen Thi Nhu Quynh got the ball rolling in the 12th minute and added her second three minutes later. Vu Thi Hoa picked up a hat-trick with goals in the 21st, 36th and 38th followed by Dang who added five more before the stroke of halftime.

Vietnam did not hold back in the second half as Vu converted from the spot in the 51st minute followed by Nguyen who picked up her third a minute later as Dang scored Southeast Asians 13th goal and Ngo Thi Huyen completed the rout in the 86th minute.

Bahrain, who are still chasing their first win, sit at the bottom and will face United Arab Emirates on Sunday while Vietnam take on Lebanon on Friday.


Photos: Mongolian Football Federation, Football Federation of Sri Lanka, Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajiksitan Football Federation