Group B: Myanmar 1-5 China PR
Chonburi: China PR kept alive their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 after defeating Myanmar 5-1 in Group B at the IPE Chonburi Stadium on Thursday.
China's last four hopes now depend on their final group tie against Japan on Sunday while Myanmar, who will play Korea Republic next, have no chance of advancing after two defeats.
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Both teams came into the tie eager to bounce back from opening day defeats with Myanmar having succumbed to a 5-0 loss to Japan, while China were edged 2-1 by Korea Republic.
China had a bright start when forward Yang Qian burst down the right flank in the first minute but her cutback to Yao Mengjia was easily intercepted by Myanmar.
The East Asians, however, took the lead five minutes in when Sun Pingwei found space down the right flank before finding Yao (pictured above, No 10), who guided the ball home with her outstretched leg.
China came close again in the 14th minute from a corner but Yang Shuhui sent her header above the bar.
Myanmar struggled to make inroads as they were often cut out by China, who almost scored again in the 22nd minute but Yao blasted her effort from close range wide after doing well to lose her marker.
Park Tae-ha's Myanmar nearly drew level in the 36th minute but captain San Thaw Thaw's low drive was parried away by China goalkeeper Zu Mengdi.
San then had another attempt from inside the danger area but it was a routine save for Zu as China held a slim advantage going into the break.
Myanmar started the second half strongly, nearly finding the equaliser in the 47th minute but Zu was quick to repel Nwe Ni Win’s header from inside the box.
China, however, responded to Myanmar’s aggression with a goal five minutes later when Yang Qian (pictured above) rose the highest to finish off Yang Shuhui’s corner.
Yang Qian then doubled her tally in the 62nd minute when she beat her marker before firing a low drive past Myanmar goalkeeper Zu Latt Nadi.
There was no respite for Myanmar as they conceded a penalty after Zu Latt Nadi brought down a goal-bound Han Xuan inside the box and Wang Linlin made no mistake from the spot in the 70th minute.
Myanmar, however, fought back and scored a consolation goal in the 73rd minute through San's brilliant strike from the top of the box.
Han Xuan had the final say though as she scored China's fifth a minute into stoppage time to set her side up nicely for their clash with defending champions Japan.
Thet Thet Win: Myanmar head coach
“In the first half we played well. We created some goal scoring chances. Our performance took a dip In the second half and mistakes cost us the match. We had chances to score but couldn’t execute them well."
Park Tae Ha: China PR head coach
“We made tactical changes before the second period and immediately saw results, hence our game improved and we played much better than we did in the first half. On the goal conceded, everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of the game. Our job is done today and our focus will be on the next match.”
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