AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers Group H: Korea Republic 8-0 Philippines / China PR 2-1 Myanmar
Yangon: Korea Republic hardly put a foot wrong as they beat the Philippines 8-0 to open their AFC U-16 Championship Group H qualifier on a resounding note at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon on Monday.
The Philippines tried but there was little they could do to stop Korea Republic, who took the lead in the 11th minute through striker Kim Dong-hyeon.
Defender Lee Tae-seok made it 2-0 in the 27th minute and Philippines goalkeeper Enrico Mangaoang was easily the most overworked player on the pitch.
Substitute striker Jeong Sang-bin added to the Philippines misery with a hat-trick in the 73rd, 85th and 89th minutes.
Midfielder Park Se-jun scored twice (67th, 74th) and Paik Sang-hoon (65th) completed a superb showing by Korea Republic
Kim Jung Soo (Korea Republic Head Coach)
"Even though we got the victory with an 8-0 result, I'm not satisfied my team's performance. My players couldn't play well in first half. The weather and stadium pitch were a challenge for my players. Thankfully, the substitutes created the goals in the second half. We’ll face Myanmar in the next game. I know this game will be difficult for us but our target is to win each game and we'll focus for victory."
Bongbong Roxy Dorlas (Philippines Head Coach)
"Our players played well in the first half, but Korea Republic broke our spirit in the second half. Our main weakness was fitness. AFC competition are of very high standard and every team is strong but we'll keep try our best."
China PR had to wait till the second half before making an impact in their opening AFC Under-16 Championship 2018 Malaysia Group H qualifying match against hosts Myanmar at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon on Monday.
After an even first half where neither side made a breakthrough, China PR finally found the back of the net in the second half as defender Subi Abulimiti turned provider in the 57th minute.
Forward Aifeierding Aisikaer then widened their lead in the 77th minute.
Shwe Ko pulled one back for Myanmar in the 89th minute but there was to be no equaliser as coach Nyi Nyi Latt's players ran out of time.
China PR play the Philippines on Wednesday while Myanmar face another tough test as they will be up against Korea Republic.
Liu Junwei (China PR head coach)
"Our players have less international experience and we could see that in this match. The game was difficult for us. But this result isn't a lucky victory, our players created this victory. Myanmar played very well. We'll now turn our attention to our next matches. Our team came to qualify and we'll keep trying our best."
Nyi Nyi Latt (Myanmar head coach)
"Our team tried hard the whole game. I appreciate my players as they did their best. China are much stronger than Myanmar, including physically and technically. We were also unfortunate in the game. I can promise our team will play our best the whole 90 minutes."