AFC President praises Japan for claiming AFC Women’s U-19 title
Kuala Lumpur: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Japan for clinching their sixth AFC U-19 Women’s Championship title after defeating DPR Korea 2-1 in an exciting final on Saturday at the Chonburi Stadium in Thailand.
The two finalists, alongside Korea Republic, who defeated Australia in the third-place play-off match just hours before the final, will represent Asia in next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, where Japan will also be defending their world title after their outstanding achievement in France last year.
Chonburi: Head coach Futoshi Ikeda believes Japan’s tremendous teamwork was a key factor behind their 2-1 win over DPR Korea in Saturday’s AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 final.
Yuzuki Yamamoto and Hana Takahashi both scored as Japan bagged their sixth title at this level on a night of high drama at the Chonburi Stadium.
Having seen his charges remain unbeaten throughout their campaign, a delighted Ikeda was quick to declare that his team’s tremendous teamwork had proved decisive en route to claiming the nation’s latest Continental crown.
Chonburi: Head coach Hur Jung-Jae said Korea Republic have their eyes fixed on their next challenge after seeing his side defeat Australia 9-1 on Saturday to finish third at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019.
The emphatic victory sealed the East Asians a place in next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Nigeria.
Korea Republic suffered two defeats in the tournament - against Japan in the group stage and DPR Korea in the semi-finals - and Hur believes there is more work to be done after seeing his team end their campaign on a high note.
Chonburi: Japan claimed the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 title on Saturday thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over regional rivals DPR Korea.
Goals from Yuzuki Yamamoto and Hana Takahashi proved the difference on a night when Futoshi Ikeda’s side withstood intense late pressure to retain the Continental crown they won at the competition’s 2017 edition and, in the process, seal their nation’s sixth success at this level.
Both teams will now go on to represent Asia at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – which Japan will enter as reigning champions – where they will be joined by Korea Republic who finished third after beating Australia 9-1 earlier in the day.
3rd Place Play-off: Dominant Korea Republic seal World Cup spot
Chonburi: Korea Republic beat Australia 9-1 on Saturday to finish third at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 and, in the process, seal their place at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Despite having their title hopes dashed in the semi-finals, a commanding performance throughout saw Hur Jung-jae’s charges finish their Continental campaign in some style at the Chonburi Stadium.
Korea Republic’s success ensures they will join tournament finalists DPR Korea and Japan as Asia’s third representative at the 2020 global extravaganza in Nigeria.