Busan: Korea Republic’s men’s and women’s national teams both claimed important victories to keep their respective 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship campaigns alive in Busan on Sunday.
Paulo Bento’s charges claimed a 1-0 win over China PR in the men’s competition, while the Korea Republic women's team ended a nine-month winless streak with a convincing 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei, with both tournaments now set to be decided by Korea Republic-Japan clashes in midweek.
Taeguk Warriors get job done, Nadeshiko on cloud nine
Busan: Tournament hosts Korea Republic got their men’s campaign off to a winning start, while Japan totally outclassed Chinese Taipei in the women’s tournament as the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship continued on Wednesday.
Late goals in either half helped Paulo Bento’s side to a 2-0 win over Hong Kong, while Asako Takakura’s Nadeshiko showed why they are Asian champions with a 9-0 victory.
Japan up and running, Bell’s bow ends in stalemate
Busan: Japan began their men’s 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship campaign with a 2-1 win over China PR, while the women’s competition ended in a scoreless draw between Korea Republic and China PR on Tuesday.
J1 League pair Musashi Suzuki and Genta Miura found the back of the net for Hajime Moriyasu’s side, who became the only team to finish the tournament’s opening day with a perfect three points.
The East Asian regional competition, which features men’s and women’s championships played concurrently, will continue on a round-robin basis until next Wednesday.
Kuala Lumpur: Australia moved up one spot up to seventh to retain their position as Asia's best team, following the latest FIFA Women's Ranking released on Friday.
Australia beat Chile twice in November in international friendlies to climb up to seventh, while Japan - unchanged at 10th place - became Asia's second ranked team after DPR Korea dropped two spots to 11th.
Road to Qatar 2022 & China 2023: Five Talking Points
Kuala Lumpur: After six rounds of matches, the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 are done and dusted for 2019.
Qualifying action for the two premier competitions will resume on March 26 as the players - depending on where they play their club football - either return to their teams or get some much needed break.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at five talking points at this stage of a thrilling Asian Qualifiers.