China PR duo confident of bouncing back against Myanmar
Chonburi: Captain Dou Jiaxing and livewire midfielder Han Xuan have no doubt that China PR have what it takes to bounce back from their Matchday One defeat to Korea Republic when they face Myanmar in a crucial Group B encounter on Thursday.
A Kang Ji-woo brace – the first of which came within the game’s opening minute – ultimately proved China’s undoing as they were beaten 2-1 by their regional rivals despite Han Xuan’s superb first-half equaliser.
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The result left China third in the standings and now needing to breath new life into their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 campaign – something Dou (pictured below), however, believes they are more than capable of doing.
“It was a great pity about the result against Korea Republic and that we did not win the game,” Dou told the-AFC.com.
“We actually got many opportunities to score in the match but we could not convert those chances, so it was a real shame about the way the match turned out.
“We are now looking forward to the next match against Myanmar. Of course we are sad about the result from our opening game but when we walk back onto the pitch we are determined to start all over again. We are going to try our very best.”
Goalscorer Han Xuan was quick to echo her teammate’s sentiments, adding that the China squad was confident of righting the wrongs they saw during Monday’s loss.
“We are very disappointed about the result against Korea Republic,” she said.
“We did not have enough focus, especially at the start of the game when we conceded a goal far too early. I tried to score more goals, as did the other players in the team, but we weren’t able to do that which is a great shame.
“Nevertheless, I believe in myself and my team and we are confident that we can win both our next match against Myanmar as well as our final group stage match against Japan.”
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