Preview – 3rd place Play-off: Korea Republic v Australia
Chonburi: Australia head coach Leah Blayney has declared that Australia will be ready, willing and able when they meet Korea Republic on Saturday to determine third place at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship and finalise Asia’s last slot at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s Cup.
The Young Matildas head into the game having lost 7-0 to Japan in the semi-finals after a distinctly encouraging group stage campaign which saw them finish second in Group A behind DPR Korea.
Chonburi: As they prepare to meet in Saturday’s AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 final, DPR Korea’s Kim Kyong-yong and Yuzuki Yamamoto from Japan are also in contention to land the tournament’s Top Scorer award.
Ahead of the title showdown in Chonburi, join the-AFC.com as we take a closer look at the two striking aces.
We will be ready for Japan, says DPR Korea hotshot Kim
Chonburi: Kim Kyong-yong believes DPR Korea’s nerves of steel will help them beat defending champions Japan when the sides clash in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 final on Saturday.
Kim scored twice as DPR Korea defeated Korea Republic 3-1 on Wednesday to claim their place in the eagerly anticipated title showdown, while Japan showed their pedigree with a comprehensive 7-0 win over Australia in the other semi-final.
Both teams have a long-standing history in the competition, with five-time champions Japan winning the tournament’s 2011, 2015 and 2017 finals against the Koreans.
Chonburi: Super-sub Maho Hirosawa is confident Japan can clinch a record-breaking third consecutive AFC U-19 Women’s Championship title when they face DPR Korea in the 2019 edition’s final on Saturday.
Hirosawa, came on as a second-half substitute and scored a brace in Japan’s 7-0 win over Australia on Wednesday, as the competition’s five-time winners set up their showdown with DPR Korea who defeated Korea Republic 3-1 in the other semi-final.
Japan are the most successful side having won the AFC U-19 Women's Championship in 2002, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017 and can land their sixth title if they beat DPR Korea in the final.
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.
Kuala Lumpur: After 12 matches of high-octane action the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 has reached the knockout stage with Japan, Australia, DPR Korea and Korea Republic still vying for glory.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the key facts and figures to emerge from the tournament’s group stage.