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.
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.