Group B: Korea Republic seal semis spot
Chonburi: Korea Republic sealed their place in the last-four of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 after edging Myanmar 1-0 in their final Group B tie at the IPE Chonburi Stadium on Sunday.
Korea Republic finished second in the standings behind Japan, who defeated China PR 2-1 in the group’s other fixture, while Myanmar ended their campaign without a point.
Korea Republic will face Group A winners DPR Korea while Japan will face Australia in Wednesday's semi-finals.
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Korea Republic made an early statement of their intent when Chun Ga-ram broke through in the third minute but was unable to find the target from inside the box.
The East Asians continued to dominate and almost scored eight minutes in when Lee Eun-young saw her long-range effort denied by the bar.
Myanmar finally got into goalmouth action in the 10th minute when Pont Pont Pyae Maung tested Korea Republic goalkeeper Lee Hyeon-ju.
Korea Republic continued to attack and came close again when Jung Min-young set-up Kim Hye-jeong perfectly from the top of the box, but the latter fired her shot straight into the arms of Myanmar goalkeeper Zu Latt Nadi.
Myanmar continued to frustrate their opponents as they kept Hur Jung-jae’s charges at bay with Lee Eun-young, Hyun Seul-gi and Chun Ga-ram all missing scoring opportunities from inside the danger area.
Thet Thet Win’s side then suffered a blow in the 40th minute when Moe Ma Ma Soe was shown the red card after a foul on a goal-bound Hyun Seul-Gi.
Zu Latt Nadi, however, came to Myanmar’s rescue when she repelled Koo Chaeh-yeon’s spot- kick to keep the Southeast Asians in the game going into the break.
Myanmar continued to hold their own in the second half and Zu Latt Nadi was on top of her game in the 48th minute when she saved Chun Ga-ram’s header.
Myanmar's Myat Noe Khin fthen orced Lee Hyeon-ju into a save off a free-kick in the 61st minute while Pont Maung failed to make the follow-up count.
Korea Republic continued to pepper Myanmar’s goalmouth but Choo Hyo-joo and Kim Soo-jin both failed to find the target in the 71st minute.
The East Asians were unlucky again when Kang Ji-woo struck the crossbar in the 76th minute off a free-kick but Hur’s charges finally found a breakthrough three minutes later after Myanmar custodian Zu Latt Nadi failed to stop Lee Jeong-min’s drive from the right.
That would prove enough for Korea Republic to advance to the semi-finals and stay within sight of the Continental title and a place in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Nigeria 2020.
Thet Thet Win: Myanmar head coach
“We did our best to win the match but was unfortunate to concede a goal in the second half. I’m proud of my players for their performance in the game, they have improved as a team. We will strive to do better in the upcoming regional tournament.”
Hur Jung-jae: Korea Republic head coach
“We knew Myanmar fielded an attacking side and we tried to use that in our favour but were caught offside on many occasions. But the goal finally arrived in the second half and it was good enough to see us through to the next round.”
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