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Qualifiers - Group I: China PR, Korea Republic continue winning runs

Friday, November 8, 2019
Singapore v China PR - AFCU19Q (3)

Yangon: China PR and Korea Republic extended their winning streaks in Group I of the AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 Qualifiers at the Thuwunna Stadium on Friday.

Two second half goals by Tao Qianglong gave China their second win in Group I, while the result was Singapore's second successive defeat, having lost 11-0 to Korea Republic.

Korea Republic, meanwhile, cruised to a 3-0 win over Myanmar with three first half goals placing them atop of Group I on goal difference, setting up a crucial match with China PR on Sunday.

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Singapore 0-2 China PR

China came into the tie fresh from their 2-0 win over Myanmar on Matchday One, but struggled to beat Singapore goalkeeper Oliver Sim in the first half as the Southeast Asians held a steady defence to keep the game goalless heading into the half-time break.

The 15-minute breather worked wonders for China as two minutes into the second half, Tao's effort broke the deadlock.

Singapore fought back but their hopes of a comeback were dashed when Tao bagged his second goal of the evening in the 62nd minute.

China play Korea Republic in their final Group I tie on Sunday, and need a win to confirm their place in the 2020 Finals.

Myanmar 0-3 Korea Republic

Korea Republic, who had a fantastic start to their qualifying campaign, continued their fine form with Heo Yool securing the lead as early as the 14th minute.

Oozing with confidence, Goh Young-jun made it 2-0 three minutes later, before Heo Yool bagged his second in the 29th minute.

Myanmar were defensively resolute after that but lacked a cutting edge upfront as the Southeast Asians suffered their second consecutive defeat.

Myanmar and Singapore are now out of contention after back-to-back defeats, and can only aim to end their campaign on a high note when they meet on Sunday.

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

Tajikistan have already qualified as Group C winners and 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.

Group A of the Qualifiers - featuring Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait and Pakistan - will be played on November 22-30 in Muscat, Oman.

Photos: Myanmar Football Federation

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