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Japan, Hong Kong stay perfect


Tuesday, August 6, 2019
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Mokpo: Japan and Hong continued their winning streak in their respective EAFF U-15 Girls' Football Festival 2019 campaigns, with China PR bouncing back with a win of their own while Mongolia and Northern Mariana Islands settled for a draw on Tuesday.


Group A: Chinese Taipei 0-9 Japan

Japan's dominance began as early as the 12th minute with Kotono Sakakibara opening the scoring, with Sakura Yamauchi and Honoka Hamano etching their names on the scoresheet in the 23rd and 27th minutes, just before Hamano doubled her tally two minutes before half-time.

Chinese Taipei had little chance against a Japanese side that kept pushing forward with Ayumi Yamada and Arisa Suzuki finding the back of the net in the 38th and 47th minutes.

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Yamada became the second player of the night to score two goals two minutes later,before Rio Sasaki and Momoka Otsuki ended proceedings with goals in the 67th and 70th minutes respectively.

Japan will face hosts Korea Republic on Wednesday, where a win would ensure the young Nadeshiko top spot in Group A, while Chinese Taipei will look to earn their first points against China PR.


Group A: China PR 2-0 Korea Republic

A goal in each half secured China PR a 2-0 win over Korea Republic.

After suffering a 4-0 defeat in their Group A opener, China PR came into the match looking to impress against the hosts and Huang Qiaoxiang scored the first goal of their campaign in the 16th minute.

Korea Republic responded well, but failed to find the equaliser as Xu Zixian struck in the 63rd minute to seal the win for China PR.


Group B: Mongolia 1-1 Northern Mariana Islands

Mongolia came back from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw with Northern Mariana Islands (NMI).

The result marks NMI's second successive draw, while Mongolia earned their first point.

Summer Angel Castro Manahane gave NMI the lead in the 11th minute, and were looking to take their one-goal advantage into the second half, but Mongolia's Nergui Purevdorj struck two minutes into added time to make it 1-1.


Group B: Guam 1-3 Hong Kong

Hong Kong continued their unbeaten streak with a 3-1 win against Guam.

A mistake by Guam's Kaia Camille Malakooti saw her scoring an own goal in the 18th minute.

Karri Chan, who scored four goals in Hong Kong's group opener, then doubled their lead in the 21st minute, while Guam reduced their deficit two minutes before the break through Jada Elise Gloria Han's effort.

However, Hong Kong confirmed their spot at the top of Group B when Anke Leun Hong Kiu struck in the 43rd minute.

Hong Kong will face NMI in their final Group B fixture, while Guam and Mongolia will look to secure a top two finish in the group as they go toe-to-toe on Wednesday.

Photos: Korea Football Association