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: 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.
Chonburi: Japan beat Australia 7-0 on Wednesday to reach the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 final where DPR Korea now await Futoshi Ikeda’s charges as they seek to secure the nation’s sixth Continental crown.
A dominant display from start to finish saw Japan emerge victorious from a game which also guaranteed them a place at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as they seek to defend the global title they claimed in 2018.
Despite their defeat, Australia, who were playing without suspended captain Karly Roestbakken, will have another chance to claim a World Cup berth when they face Korea Republic in a match that will decide Asia’s third representative in Nigeria.
Chonburi: DPR Korea beat Korea Republic 3-1 on Wednesday to claim their place in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 final and, in the process, guarantee themselves a spot at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Nigeria.
Kim Kyong-yong’s brace laid the foundations for the impressive victory, one which sees the 2007 champions DPR Korea advance to their fifth successive title showdown at this level.
Korea Republic, meanwhile, remain in the running for a World Cup ticket as they will now face the losers of the other semi-final tie between Japan and Australia to battle it out for Asia’s third berth at the global extravaganza.