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Cho issues rallying cry ahead of Myanmar clash 


Chonburi: Cho Mi-jin has insisted that Korea Republic will give their all as they look to seal a place in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals by beating Myanmar at the IPE Stadium on Sunday.

The East Asians are currently second in the Group B standings, and head into the encounter knowing that a win would guarantee their progress and move them to within touching distance of a third Continental title and a place at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Nigeria.

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Despite her side losing to table-topping Japan last time out, Cho - who scored at the 2018 FIFA U-17 World Cup Uruguay - is adamant that her team have what it takes to bounce back and grab all three points against Myanmar – a result which would see them advance regardless of the outcome of the other group game between Japan and China PR.

"We will not lack in terms of passion and fighting spirit when we face Myanmar,” she said.

“We will go into the match just as we did against China and Japan and look to qualify for the semi-finals."

Group B: Korea Republic vs Japan

Cho’s optimism comes despite Korea Republic’s 2-0 loss to Japan on Matchday Two when Oto Kanno’s stunning first-half strike along with Yuzuki Yamamoto’s late goal sealed the win for the reigning champions.

"In the first half we tried to analyse the opponents’ strengths and weaknesses and it didn't go very well. In the second half we read the game a bit better,” admitted a disappointed Cho.

"Even after conceding a goal against Japan, we didn't expect to concede again. Because in our minds we were sure of beating them.

"But after Japan scored the second goal, we were gutted, we gave up a little bit. I have to score a goal, at least in the next game [against Myanmar]."

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