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Korea Republic captain Kang surprised by rapid strike

Chonburi: Korea Republic captain Kang Ji-woo has revealed that she was more than a little surprised when she scored within the first minute of her side’s Matchday One encounter with China PR at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 on Monday.

Kang pounced to hand Hur Jung-jae’s charges an ideal start to the all-East Asian affair, before going on to seal a vital 2-1 victory with a second-half goal after China had initially drawn level through Han Xuan’s 34th minute effort.

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Having shone brightly throughout the Group B encounter at Chonburi Stadium, Kang was clearly delighted with the win, even if she was somewhat shocked by the rapid nature of her opening strike.

“I was a bit confused when it all happened,” admitted the Korea University forward.

Group B: China PR vs Korea Republic

“I was expecting a tough game against China PR but I managed to score very early on in the tie. Despite that, I’m equally pleased that we were able to get such an important early lead.

“Our strategic plan for the game was always to plan offensive football and we never stopped trying to score more goals even after we had gone in front.”

The result has left the Koreans occupying second spot in the Group B standings after table-topping Japan overcame Myanmar 5-0 earlier in the day.

With Korea Republic now set to meet Japan on Thursday, Kang was also quick to underline exactly what her side is aiming to achieve against the five-time title winners.

“Our aim has always been to win all three games in our group,” she said.

“We are [therefore] looking forward to meeting Japan and to collecting all three points.”

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