Teams through to the next round
Kuala Lumpur: Australia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Korea Republic, Vietnam, Islamic Republic of Iran confirmed their places in the second round of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship 2019 Qualifiers as respective group winners.
The six teams join Lebanon and Myanmar who finished as the two best second-placed teams.
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: AUSTRALIA 3-0 HONG KONG
Beirut: Australia advanced to Round 2 of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Round 1 Qualifiers as Group A winners after beating Hong Kong 3-0 at the Jounieh Municipal Stadium on Sunday.
Amy Sayer opened the scoring on 14 minutes when she converted a penalty kick before doubling Australia’s advantage in the 40th minute.
Australia continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and a third goal from Aoife Colvill in the 62nd minte ensured the Young Matildas a perfect record of three wins in three games, where they have not conceded a single goal.
LEBANON 4-0 MONGOLIA
Beirut: Lebanon defeated Mongolia 4-0 at the Jounieh Municipal Stadium to finish second in Group A in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers on Sunday.
Samira Awad found the back of the net in the 34th minute to give Lebanon a 1-0 lead at the break.
Melanie Ghanime doubled Lebanon’s advantage in the second half with a 55th minute effort and Awad completed her brace six minutes later before Hanin Tamim added the fourth in the 81st minute.
Lebanon finished second with six points behind group winners Australia, and qualify into the Round 2 Qualifiers as the best second-placed team.
GROUP B: PAKISTAN 0-9 NEPAL
Chonburi: Nepal flexed their muscles in their final AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Round 1 Qualifiers Group B fixture, beating Pakistan 9-0 at the Chonburi Stadium on Sunday.
Three first half goals from Manjali Kumari (2nd), Samjhana Lawati (32nd) and Alisa Jima (37th) secured Nepal a hefty advantage going into the break.
Nepal continued to take control of the game in the second half with Puja Rana (48th, 54th), Nisha Thokar (57th, 74th pen., 85th pen.) and Sara Limbu finding the back of the net to seal a convincing win.
THAILAND 0-1 INDIA
Chonburi: India defeated Thailand 1-0 at the Chonburi Stadium to finish third in Group B in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers on Sunday.
Hauhnar Grace Lalrampari’s goal in the 36th minute goal separated the sides at the break as India held on to claim their second win after losing 2-0 to Nepal last week.C
India finished third in the standings as Nepal advanced into the Round 2 Qualifiers as group winners after claiming second spot behind Thailand, who host the Final Competition.
GROUP C: UZBEKISTAN 3-1 KYRGYZ REPUBLIC
Bishkek: Uzbekistan earned their place in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Round 2 Qualifiers after beating Kyrgyz Republic 3-1 to top Group C on Sunday.
Both teams entered the match knowing a win would assure top spot, but it was Uzbekistan that had the early advantage when they were awarded a penalty kick in the 14th minute which Kurbonova Shahnoza duly converted to take the lead.
However, Kyrgyz Republic, who had recorded wins over United Arab Emirates, Guam and Maldives equalised a minute into the first half added time through Yrysbek Kyzy Kenzhebubu.
With their eyes on the prize, Uzbekistan returned into the second half more determined and regained their lead with Rashidova Tojinisokhon’s 73rd minute goal before Smirnova Arina etched her name on the scoresheet two minutes into added time.
GUAM 0-1 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Bishkek: United Arab ended their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Round 1 Qualifiers Group C campaign on a high note with a 1-0 win over Guam at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Sunday.
After suffering two defeats at the hands of Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan, the UAE played for pride in their final match against Guam, but the East Asians, who were also out of contention from a top two finish displayed a solid defence to keep the game in a stalemate.
The deadlock continued well into the second half, only for Shahad Khaled Al Zarkan to score the winner in the 80th minute to ensure UAE a bittersweet exit.
GROUP D: KOREA REPUBLIC 4-0 CHINESE TAIPEI
Hisor: Korea Republic edged Chinese Taipei 4-0 for top spot in Group D of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Round 1 Qualifiers on Sunday.
Kim Eun-soul gave Korea Republic an early lead with her goal on seven minute, before Kang Ji-woo earned her brace through a 25th minute penalty and a 35th minute strike to make it 3-0 going into the break.
Chinese Taipei’s hopes of making a comeback were dashed when Jung Min-young furthered the Korean’s advantage in the 57th minute.
TAJIKISTAN 1-5 BANGLADESH
Hisor: Bangladesh ended their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers on a high note after strolling past Tajikistan 5-1 at the Hisor Central Stadium on Sunday.
Bangladesh who lost their first two matches against Korea Republic (7-0) and Chinese Taipei (2-0), finished third in Group D with three points ahead of winless Tajikistan.
Srimoti Krishnarani Sarkar opened the scoring for Bangladesh after seven minutes and Monika Chakma added a brace in the 26th and 42nd minute. But Tajikistan pulled one back two minutes later through Gulsunbi Khalimova as the South Asians took a 2-1 lead at half-time.
Bangladesh continued to dominate in the second half as Shamsunnahar added their fourth in the 60th minute and Chakma claimed her second of the night in the 74th minute for a 5-1 victory.
GROUP E: SINGAPORE 0-0 MALAYSIA
Hanoi: Singapore and Malaysia bought their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Round 1 Qualifiers to a close with a 0-0 draw on Friday.
Prior to the match, both sides had already missed out on the second round of the qualifiers after back-to-back defeats to Vietnam and Jordan.
The game after the break was still goalless, and despite their best efforts and making all three substitutions in the second half, a goal continued to elude them.
VIETNAM 4-0 JORDAN
Hanoi: Vietnam extended their winning streak after defeating Jordan 4-0 to finish top of Group E at the Vietnam YFTC Field on Sunday and earn their spot in the Round 2 Qualifiers.
Nguyen Thi Tuyet Ngan needed just four minutes to find the mark and added her second three minutes later before claiming her hat-trick in the 25th minute for a comfortable 3-0 lead at half-time.
Jordan, who finished second ahead of Malaysia and Singapore, conceded a fourth in the 81st minute through Ngan Thi Van Su’s strike as Vietnam walked away with a 4-0 victory.
GROUP F: MYANMAR 1-0 ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
Yangon: A 68th minute goal by Hnin Mya Thazin gave Myanmar a vital 1-0 win over Islamic Republic of Iran at the Thuwunna Stadium on Sunday to send them through to the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Round 2 Qualifiers.
Despite the loss, IR IRan qualify as Group E winners with second placed Myanmar finishing as one of the best second-placed teams.
The three teams in Group F finished level with three points each with IR Iran having a superior goal difference ahead of Myanmar and Laos.
Photos: Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic, Vietnam Football Federation, Lebanese Football Association, Bangladesh Football Federation