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Preview - Matchday Two: Group B


Chonburi: China PR will head into a crunch tie against Myanmar determined to make amends for their Matchday One defeat to Korea Republic when Group B action at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 resumes on Thursday.

With both China and Myanmar still seeking their first points of the campaign, second-placed Korea Republic meet table-topping Japan in the group’s other fixture – a clash between the competition’s two most successful teams.

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MYANMAR v CHINA PR

Park Tae-ha is considering ringing the changes when his China PR side faces Myanmar for a game neither side can afford to lose if they are to remain in contention at Thailand 2019.

Park watched on as his rising stars lost 2-1 to Korea Republic on Monday, a game which saw the 2006 champions concede within the opening minute and then – despite Han Xuan’s superb equaliser – fail to convert several gilt-edged chances that could have won them the game.

With Myanmar lying in wait, and a fixture against reigning champions Japan still to come on Sunday, Park is pondering his options as he looks to keep China’s title hopes well and truly alive.

“Obviously, the result we had against Korea Republic in our opening game will have an influence on how we approach our next two games,” he said.

“The first of those fixtures is against Myanmar – a match we now need to win. We have let some of our key players rest, so we will take a look nearer the time as to who plays against Myanmar. We intend to do the same for our final group stage match against Japan.”

Group B: China PR vs Korea Republic

Requiring all three points to maintain their hunt for a place in the semi-finals, Park is adamant that a much-improved performance is needed against Myanmar after what he believes was an error-strewn display last time out.

“We conceded a very early goal [against Korea Republic] and I think my players lost some of their focus after that,” declared the former Pohang Steelers favourite.

“We actually made more mistakes in that match than we had been making in training. Those mistakes will always present a major problem when you are facing a strong team such as Korea Republic. Nevertheless, we must now adjust and prepare ourselves for our next two games.”

Meanwhile, Myanmar head coach Thet Thet Win has admitted that the East Asians will provide another stern test for her charges who were beaten 5-0 by Japan on Matchday One.

“China will definitely pose a threat to us as they have really good players in their squad,” she declared.

“We will, though, go ahead with our preparations as usual having gained further information on the Chinese side after seeing them in action against Korea Republic.”

MYANMAR v CHINA PR
IPE Chonburi Stadium, 16:00 (UTC+7)


KOREA REPUBLIC v JAPAN

Korea Republic head coach Hur Jung-jae is determined to realise one of his pre-tournament objectives on Thursday – namely beating Japan.

There appears little to choose between the two East Asian nations ahead of the Matchday Two clash, with the Koreans only trailing their regional rivals on goal difference after both sides recorded important victories in their opening fixtures.

However Park, who guided the Koreans to a 2-1 win over China PR last time out, has revealed that he has been visualising his side overcoming the five-time AFC U-19 Women’s Championship title winners for some time now.

“On a personal level, I have played against Japanese sides at various age levels over the years and I know their strengths,” he said.

“Before this tournament began I set a goal of beating Japan in this particular group stage match. In order to do just that we must do our very best to nullify their passing game and utilise the counter-attacks we have well.”

Although pleased with Korea Republic’s Matchday One success, Hur has been quick to insist that the 2004 and 2013 champions cannot become complacent despite their excellent start.

“I am of course satisfied because we won,” declared the 50-year-old tactician.

“We must, though, be ready for our next match and be just as prepared to win that one as well.”

Group B: Japan vs Myanmar

By way of contrast, opposite number Futoshi Ikeda was less expansive when asked about the upcoming tussle, saying only: “I will analyse how Korea Republic fare against China PR in their Group A opener and from there we will see how to incorporate additional changes [if needed] into our game.”

Reigning champions Japan encountered early Myanmar resistance before securing a 5-0 victory in their opening tie, one which Ikeda thought brought the very best out of the reigning champions.

“The players worked very hard to get the result [against Myanmar],” he explained.

“It was a very physical game especially before the first goal. After the break, I told my players to push for goals. They followed my instructions well and because of that I was happy with the result.”

KOREA REPUBLIC v JAPAN
Chonburi Stadium, 19:00 (UTC+7)

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