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Qualifiers - Group H: Chinese Taipei sizzle, Australia fight back

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Australia v Laos - U19 (2)

Kaohsiung City: Chinese Taipei surged to an 8-0 win over Macau while Australia came from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw with Laos in Group H of the AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 Qualifiers at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung City on Wednesday.

Hosts Chinese Taipei were rampant against Macau to take the early lead in the group standings while 10-man Australia showed great determination to salvage a point against Laos.

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Australia 2-2 Laos

Laos enjoyed a dream start with midfielder Thanouthong Kietnalonglop giving the Southeast Asians the lead in the 15th minute.

Australia suffered another blow in the 20th minute when defender Kai Trewin was send off and Laos took advantage with Anousone Xaypanya widening their lead in the 44th minute.

Australia, however, refused to give up and despite being a player down, took the match to Laos in the second half and their efforts paid off in the 64th minute with Dylan Ruiz-Diaz reducing the deficit.

Boosted by the goal, Australia pressed even harder and Jarrod Carluccio completed the comeback when he found the back of the net in the 78th minute.

Australia will play Macau on Friday, with Laos playing Chinese Taipei.

Chinese Taipei 8-0 Macau

With the earlier match having ended in a draw, both teams knew an opening win would be crucial in their bid to advance to the Finals.

The match started on a cautious note as both sides took time to settle down but once Chinese Taipei did, there was no stopping them.

Cheng Chin-huan opened the scoring for Tseng Tai-lin's side in the 31st minute and captain Lin Ming-wei then took control, scoring the first of his four goals in the 35th minute.

Yu Yao-hsing ensured a comfortable lead for Chinese Taipei in first half added time and their goal fest continued in the second half as Lin scored in the 62nd, 82nd and second half added time with Miguel Sandberg adding two (60th, 77th) to complete a fine start for the hosts.

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: Chinese Taipei Football Association

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