AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers Group H: Korea Republic tame China to reach Final stage
Yangon: Korea Republic beat China PR 1-0 in their final Group H match to seal top spot to qualify for the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Malaysia at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon on Monday.
Defeat for China PR meant missing out on a place in the Finals as they failed to finish among the best five second-placed finishers.
Korea Republic only needed a draw to qualify due to a superior goal difference while China needed victory for top spot.
Korea Republic, however, squandered two penalties as strikers Hong Yun-sang and Jeong Sang-bin missed spotkicks in the 44th and 67th minutes.
Choi Min-seo, however, didn’t miss Korea Republic’s third penalty of the match in the 60th minute to seal victory for his side.
Kim Jung Soo (Korea head coach)
“We are happy to qualify for the Finals. I'm so happy with that. Our players controlled the game. Although my players showed improvement, they still need to do more for the Finals.”
Liu Junwei (China head coach)
“Our team tried to control Korea Republic but couldn’t. Their players were better than my players. I take responsibility for not qualifying.”
Hosts Myanmar ended their campaign on a high after beating Philippines 5-0 in their AFC U-16 Group H qualifier at Thuwana Stadium, Myanmar on Wednesday.
In the first half, Myanmar went up 3-0 with goals from Kaung Khant in 11th minute, with Zaw Min Thein adding the second in 34th minute while Yan Naing Lin the third three minutes later.
After the break, Myanmar finished off with two more goals courtesy of Ye Htet Aung (59th) and Pyae Phyo Aung (81st) for a 5-0 victory.
Bongbong Roxy Dorlas (Philippines head coach)
“Myanmar played well today. They kept the pressure on our team. Our players did not concentrate in the first half but they could have come back in the second.”
Nyi Nyi Latt (Myanmar head coach)
"My players tried hard and they did their best. I'm fully satisfied with the result and their performance today."