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China PR, Bangladesh make Finals

Mandalay: China PR and Bangladesh sealed their places in the Finals after defeating Philippines and Myanmar respectively in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2019 Qualifiers Round 2 Group B ties on Friday.

It was the second win for both teams and with Myanmar and Philippines without a point to show after two matches, China PR and Bangladesh are through and will meet on Sunday to decide the group winners.

Philippines 0-7 China PR

Zhang Hongyan’s four goals spurred China PR to a resounding 7-0 win over the Philippines at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium to give China PR their second straight victory.

China PR started with purpose and it only took them 11 minutes to find the back of the net courtesy of an own goal by Philippines’ Mikaela Villacin.

The young Steel Roses, who cruised to a 5-0 win over Myanmar in their opener on Wednesday, added their second goal through Zou Mengyao in the 23rd minute.

China PR then turned on the style as Zhang scored three more goals in the 26th, 33rd and 44th minutes to give the East Asians a healthy 5-0 lead at half-time.

The Philippines, who lost 10-0 to Bangladesh on Wednesday, tried their best to contain their opponents but their efforts were in vain as Zhang added her fourth in the 77th minute while Fu Congcong completed the win a minute later.

Myanmar 0-1 Bangladesh

Bangladesh collected three points after securing a hard-fought 1-0 win over Myanmar to stay perfect at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium in the day's second tie.

Myanmar, who were aiming to bounce back from their opening day defeat against China PR, could not break down the Bangladesh defence as the score remained goalless at half-time.

The visitors, however, finally got into their stride in the second half and Monika Chakma's 68th minute strike proved the difference as Bangladesh secured a place in the Finals.

Round 2 of the Qualifiers is divided into two groups of four teams each with the group winners and runners-up joining the top three teams from the 2017 edition - DPR Korea, Korea Republic and Japan - along with host Thailand, in the Finals in September.

Australia, Vietnam, Islamic Republic of Iran and host nation Laos are in Group A, which kicks off on Sunday, of the Qualifiers.

Group B
Philippines 0-7 China PR
Myanmar 0-1 Bangladesh

Fixtures (Local Time)
Group A (Laos)
Australia v IR Iran (15:00)
Laos v Vietnam (18:30)

Group B (Myanmar)
China PR v Bangladesh (15:00)
Philippines v Myanmar (18:00)