Victory’s Dowie urges improvement after Red Angels masterclass
Yongin: Melbourne Victory captain Natasha Dowie has called for immediate improvement from her side, after they slumped to an opening night 4-0 defeat to Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels at the inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship.
The Australian W-League Premiers came into the contest full of optimism, and almost took an early lead through Dowie in the 19th minute, but were ultimately blown away by a highly polished Red Angels outfit, who scored twice either side of half-time to cruise to a comprehensive win.
Former England international Dowie pulled no punches after the match, stressing her side’s need to cut out mistakes at this level of competition.
Precheur: 'Amazing' Chawinga can compete with world’s best
Yongin: Jiangsu Suning Ladies FC striker Tabitha Chawinga has the ability to compete with the best players in the world, according to head coach Jocelyn Precheur.
The praise came after the Malawi international turned in an outstanding performance for the Chinese champions in Tuesday’s 1-1 AFC Women’s Club Championship draw against highly rated Japanese champions Nippon TV Beleza.
MD1: Melbourne Victory 0-4 Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
Yongin: Tournament hosts Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels made an emphatic start to their AFC Women’s Club Championship campaign, powering to a 4-0 win over Australia’s Melbourne Victory on Tuesday.
The WK League champions found the back of the net twice in each half, with Lee Sea-eun – who bagged two goals in as many minutes just before the hour mark – leading the scoring on a night where Kim Dam-bi and Thais Guedes also left their mark on the final tally.
The win means the Red Angels finish Matchday One on top of the table, while Melbourne Victory sit at the bottom as the only team not to collect a point on the opening day.
MD1: Nippon TV Beleza 1-1 Jiangsu Suning Ladies FC
Yongin: Nippon TV Beleza and Jiangsu Suning shared the AFC Women’s Club Championship’s first ever points, playing out a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament at Yongin Citizens Sports Park on Tuesday.
Jiangsu’s impressive Malawian striker Tabitha Chawinga wrote her name into the history books with the tournament’s first goal in the seventh minute, but Beleza were level just three minutes later thanks to Mjna Tanaka before a second half arm-wrestle.
The result keeps both sides in title contention with two further matches to play in the competition.
History, star players, coaches: All you need to know about the contenders
Kuala Lumpur: History will be made on Tuesday, when four of Asia’s elite women’s clubs take to the Continental stage in the inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship in Korea Republic.
Having proven themselves on the domestic front, Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, Nippon TV Beleza, Melbourne Victory and Jiangsu Suning Ladies Football Club will have the chance to claim the title of Asia’s best, with six high-quality matches over three Matchdays to determine the maiden champions at the FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament.
With the countdown to the landmark event approaching its final days, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on the four teams competing in Yongin.
Kuala Lumpur: With four of Asia’s top clubs soon to lock horns at the inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship in Korea Republic, the competition is set to feature stars of the women’s game from Asia and beyond.
A total of 24 players from this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France are on the books of the four participating clubs, who supplied national team stars for six different sides in the global showpiece.
Having already appeared on the biggest stage in the international game, those players will now be among the first to experience the continental spotlight in club football, with Yongin to host the landmark competition, starting with a double header on Tuesday.
With the countdown to those fixtures drawing ever closer, the-AFC.com looks at the World Cup stars at each side’s disposal in the competition ahead.