Uzbekistan, Jordan, Chinese Taipei extend winning streaks
Kuala Lumpur: Uzbekistan, Jordan and Chinese Taipei stayed perfect as they recorded wins in their AFC U-19 Women's Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers campaign, while Mongolia registered their first triumph on Friday.
The qualifying campaign consists of two rounds. In the Qualifiers Round 1, the group winners and two best second-placed teams will progress to Round 2 where the top four teams will then advance to the Finals.
GROUP A: MONGOLIA 1-0 HONG KONG
Beirut: Enkhbayar Enkhmargad's goal steered Mongolia to a 1-0 win over Hong Kong to revive their hopes of reaching Round 2 of the Qualifiers.
Mongolia’s campaign got off to a rough start when they lost 18-0 to Australia in their Group A opener, but they brushed off their defeat and took the lead in the 11th minute against Hong Kong through Enkhmargad’s effort.
Hong Kong, who also suffered a loss on Matchday One against Lebanon, tried to find the equaliser but were left to rue their missed chances as Mongolia held on to their precious goal to secure their first win.
Mongolia will play Lebanon next, while Hong Kong face Australia on Sunday.
LEBANON 0-1 AUSTRALIA
Beirut: Australia notched their second win as they edged closer to reaching Round 2 of the Qualifiers following a 1-0 win over Lebanon at the Jounieh Municipal Stadium.
Australia collected three points on Wednesday after defeating Mongolia 18-0 and took 24 minutes to find Lebanon’s net through Kyra Cooney-Cross.
Lebanon, who picked up a 6-0 win over Hong Kong on Wednesday, could not find a way past the Australians in the second half as the match ended in Australia's favour.
Australia will next face Hong Kong on Sunday, while Lebanon will take on Mongolia.
GROUP B: NEPAL 2-0 INDIA
Chonburi: Nepal bounced back from their opening day defeat to register a 2-0 win over India at the Chonburi Stadium to keep their hopes of qualification alive.
India, who were riding on a morale-boosting 18-0 victory over Pakistan on Wednesday, could not find the net in the first half as the score remained goalless at half-time.
However, it was Nepal who broke the deadlock in the second half as Rekha Poudel scored in the 59th minute and grabbed her second two minutes from the final whistle for a 2-0 victory.
The victory for Nepal means that both teams are level on three points with India facing Thailand and Nepal taking on Pakistan in their final group games on Sunday.
PAKISTAN 0-18 THAILAND
Chonburi: Anupha Noinueai’s six goals steered Thailand to a 18-0 win over Pakistan at the Chonburi Stadium on Friday.
Siriwipa Jantarak opened the scoring after seven minutes while Noinueai added the second in the 24th minute and picked up her second six minutes later as Thailand went on the assault.
Pariyapat Kakkaew scored a hat-trick and Ploychompoo Somnonk fired a brace while Eman Fayyaz conceded an own goal as Thailand took a 9-0 lead at halftime.
There was no respite for Pakistan as Thailand scored a further nine goals in the second half with Noinueai hitting five, Jantarak grabbing her second while Chatchawan Rodthong and Phonchita Thaenprathum each claimed a goal.
GROUP C: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 1-3 UZBEKISTAN
Bishkek: Uzbekistan continued their winning streak with a 3-1 win over United Arab Emirates in their third Group C fixture at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium.
Rashidova Tojnisokhon gave Uzbekistan an early lead when she scored in the fifth minute, but UAE recovered well to find the equaliser three minutes later through Alanoud Khaled Alzarkan.
Uzbekistan, however, went into the half-time break ahead after Kurbonova Shahnoza scored her first goal of the night on 28 minutes.
Four minutes into the second half, Shahnoza scored the final goal of the match to earn Uzbekistan a third win in three games.
Uzbekistan will be assured of top spot in Group C and progress to the second round of qualification if they beat Kyrgyz Republic in their final match on Sunday.
KYRGYZ REPUBLIC 9-0 MALDIVES
Bishkek: Kyrgyz Republic stayed perfect as they sailed to a 9-0 win over Maldives at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Friday.
The Central Asians took the lead in the 13th minute through Shakhnoza Ibraimova’s strike and that opened the door for more goals as Takhmina Alymzhanova added their second in the 29th minute and three minutes later Akylbekova Alina made it 3-0 before Askar Kyzy Aiturgan scored the fourth in the 39th minute.
In the second half, Aiturgan scored her second of the night in the 54th minute followed by Alymzhanova’s strikes in the 71st and 74th, which earned her a hat-trick.
Kanatbek Kyzy Altynai then added Kyrgyz Republic’s eighth in the 78th minute and Ibraimova completed the rout with an effort in added time.
Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan, who are level on nine points, will square off on Sunday.
GROUP D: BANGLADESH 0-2 CHINESE TAIPEI
Hisor: A goal in each half gave Chinese Taipei a 2-0 win over Bangladesh at the Hisor Central Stadium.
The win marked Chinese Taipei’s second win in Group D of the Round 1 Qualifiers.
Just as the match looked set to end in a stalemate at the break, Lin Hsin-Hui etched her name on the scoresheet a minute before the half-time whistle.
Six minutes into the second half, Chen Hsiu-Wen found the back of the net to double their advantage, and eventually secure the win.
Bangladesh, who lost 7-0 to Korea Republic in their opener, will look to earn their first points in their final group stage match against Tajikistan, while Chinese Taipei go up against Korea Republic on Sunday, where another victory would assure them a spot in the second round of the Qualifiers.
TAJIKISTAN 0-3 KOREA REPUBLIC
Hisor: Three goals from three different goal scorers secured Korea Republic a 3-0 win over Tajikistan.
The East Asians enjoyed an opening day 7-0 win against Bangladesh, and had a great start to the match at the Hisor Central Stadium against Tajikistan with Jeong Yu-jin and Lee Yu-jin scoring back-to-back goals in the 16th and 17th minutes respectively.
Tajikistan, who lost 7-0 to Chinese Taipei on Matchday One, then produced a stronger defence and held on well into the second half, but Korea Republic eventually broke through on 82 minutes with Jo Min-ah scoring the final goal of the game.
Korea Republic are level with Chinese Taipei on six points but lead Group D with a better goal difference.
GROUP E: MALAYSIA 1-2 JORDAN
Hanoi: Jordan edged closer to the top of Group E after coming back from a goal down to beat Malaysia 2-1.
Malaysia, who suffered the same fate in their 2-1 loss to Vietnam on Matchday One, were ahead on 11 minutes when Nur Faiqah Safira found the back of the net, but Deanna Fioaz Soboh equalised for Jordan in the 25th minute.
In the 73rd minute, Tasneem Abu-Rob scored the winning goal to give Jordan their second win of their qualifying campaign.
Jordan will aim to end with a perfect record when they go up against Vietnam on Sunday, where a win would mean qualification to the second qualifying round, while Malaysia play Singapore.
SINGAPORE 0-11 VIETNAM
Hanoi: Vietnam outclassed Singapore, beating their Southeast Asian rivals 11-0 to lead Group E.
Tuyet Ngan opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Tran Thi Thu Xuan doubled Vietnam’s lead four minutes later before Tuyet Ngan scored her second of the night on 21 minutes.
Cu Thi Huynh Nhu displayed her prowess as she notched a hat-trick with goals in the 30th and 42nd, as well as a penalty in the second minute of first half added time.
Huynh Nhu then scored her fourth six minutes after the break and Vu Thi Hoa etched her name on the scoresheet in the 60th minute.
In the 69th minute, Tuyet Ngan became the second player of the night to earn a hat-trick, before Thu Xuan, too, had three goals to her name with goals in the 83rd and 89th minutes.
Vietnam are level with Jordan on six points in Group E after two matches played, but top the group on goal difference.
GROUP F: LAOS 4-3 MYANMAR
Yangon: Laos edged Myanmar 4-3 in a thriller at the Thuwunna Stadium.
Laos, who lost 4-1 to Islamic Republic of Iran on Wednesday, fell behind after San Thaw Thaw found the net in the ninth minute but Aphatsala Chanhthavongxay restored parity in the 29th.
Laos took charge after the break and went in front through PE’s strike in the 57th minute but Myanmar replied following Thaw’s 77th-minute effort to level the score.
However, PE added her second in the 81st minute while Chanhthavongxay scored the fourth three minutes later as Myanmar tried to come back into the game following Thaw’s 90th minute strike but it was not enough as Laos held on for the win.
Photos: Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic, Vietnam Football Federation, Lebanese Football Association, Bangladesh Football Federation