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Qualifiers - Group I: China PR, Korea Republic shine in openers

Yangon:  China PR and Korea Republic opened their AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 Qualifiers Group I campaigns with wins over Myanmar and Singapore respectively on Wednesday. 

A goal in each half saw China PR beat Myanmar 2-0, while Korea Republic cruised past Singapore 11-0 to top the group after Matchday One.

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China PR 2-0 Myanmar

China applied heavy pressure from the start, but it was a defensive mistake in the 10th minute that saw Liu Junxian intercept a back-pass and slot past goalkeeper Pyae Phyo Thu.

Myanmar regrouped and were able to fend off the visitors, but had minimal opportunities up front as they went into the half-time break behind.

China continued to push forward in the second half and were rewarded when Tao Qianglong volleyed home Naibijiang Mohemaiti's cross in the 67th minute.

China face Singapore next on Friday, while Myanmar take on Korea Republic.

Korea Republic 11-0 Singapore

Both sides started brightly but no goals would be scored until the 23rd minute, when Singapore defender Mohamad Naufal Ilham deflected Kwon Hyeokyu's cross into his own net.

The goal served as a morale booster for the Koreans, with Kwon Min-jae doubling their lead four minutes later, before Oh Hyeon-gyu's effort in the 34th minute made it 3-0.

Korea Republic weren't done as they hauled three more goals through Choi Se-yun, Hyeok-kyu and Jung Han-min in the 36th, 39th and 44th minutes respectively.

Little changed in Korea Republic's approach in the second half as Lee Kang-hee scored two minutes after the break, before Min-jae bagged his second of the evening in the 58th minute.

An Jae-jun made it 9-0 at the hour-mark, Choi scored in the 78th minute and Kim Sang-jun ended proceedings five minutes later.

Tajikistan have already qualified as Group C winners while Group G kicked off on Saturday. Group A of the Qualifiers - featuring Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait and Pakistan - has been postponed with new dates to be announced in due course.

The 11 group winners and four best runners-up will join hosts Uzbekistan in the 2020 Finals.

Should Uzbekistan finish either top of Group F of the Qualifiers or are among the best four second-placed teams, the fifth best runners-up will qualify.

Photos: Myanmar Football Federation

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