China PR, Korea Republic earn wins, Hong Kong undefeated

Mokpo: Korea Republic ended Japan's winning streak in the EAFF U-15 Girls' Football Festival, China PR secured an emphatic win against Chinese Taipei while Hong Kong remained undefeated on Wednesday. 

Group A: Korea Republic 2-1 Japan

Park Soo-jeong was the star of the night when she struck in each half to give Korea Republic a 2-1 win over Japan.

She opened the scoring as early as the 10th minute, but Japan were unfazed and pressed the Koreans back, but luck was not on their side as they failed to find the back of the net.

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Korea Republic then doubled their lead in the 48th minute, courtesy of Park converting a penalty.

Japan reduced the deficit in the 64th minute through Fuka Tsunoda's effort but it was too little too late, as Korea Republic edged their neighbours for top spot.

Korea Republic, however, finished runners-up in Group A due on goal difference and will face Group B winners Guam on Friday, while Japan take on Hong Kong.

Group A: China PR 7-0 Chinese Taipei

Huang Qiaoxiang found the back of the net four times as China PR beat Chinese Taipei 7-0.

Seven minutes into the match, Huang struck to give China an early lead, before scoring again at the half-hour mark, and Chen Lusha made it 3-0 in the 35th minute.

Xu Zixian and Xia Lejiao continued China's scoring spree with goals in the 47th and 53rd minutes respectively.

But it was Huang who stole the show when she scored two goals in quick succession - in the 56th and 58th minutes - to seal China's victory.

China will play Mongolia next, while Chinese Taipei take on Northern Mariana Islands.

Group B: Hong Kong 5-0 Northern Mariana Islands

Hong Kong's perfect run continued with a 5-0 win over Northern Mariana Islands.

Cheng Tsz Ting gave Hong Kong a fifth minute lead, before Anke Leung Hong Kiu made it 2-0 in the 21st minute.

NMI head coach Koo Luam Khen made several changes in the second half, but Hong Kong's substitute Chole Li Hau Yi, who replaced Anke Leung, scored in the 50th minute.

Substitute Chu Po Yan then added goals in the 63rd and 65th minutes to seal an emphatic win.

Group B: Guam 2-2 Mongolia

Guam came back from a goal down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Mongolia, and edged their rivals to the runners-up spot in Group B on goal difference.

It was Guam who took the lead in the seventh minute through Sarah Celine Benavente's effort, but Mongolia bounced back with goals from Namuun Gankhuyag and Temuulen Gantumur in the 17th and 19th minutes respectively.

Guam's Annika Irene Champaco Almario, however, found the back of the net three minutes into first half added time and with no further goals in the second half, Guam sealed second spot in the group.

Photos: Korea Football Association