Dushanbe: Uzbekistan lead the pack at the CAFA U-23 Women’s Championship after earning an impressive 6-0 win over Kyrgyz Republic on the opening day of the competition in Tajikistan.
Bakhrom Norsafarov’s side are closely followed at the top of the table by Islamic Republic of Iran, who beat hosts Tajikistan 4-0, while Afghanistan also began with a win, prevailing 2-1 against Turkmenistan in Friday's Matchday One action.
The action continues with three more matches on Saturday, with the inaugural regional women’s U-23 tournament to conclude on Thursday.
Adelaide: Australia made it two wins over Chile in less than a week, defeating the South Americans 1-0 in a friendly international at Hindmarsh Stadium on Tuesday.
Emily Gielnik scored the game’s only goal in the 23rd minute, while Sam Kerr provided the assist, had a penalty saved and hit the woodwork on a night where the Australian captain did everything but score.
The match was part of the Matildas’ preparation for next February’s Olympic Qualifiers, where they will meet Chinese Taipei, Thailand and China PR on the Road to Tokyo.
Nadeshiko too strong for South Africa, China PR win Yongchuan Tournament
Fukuoka: Japan’s build-up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics continued with 2-0 win over South Africa, while China PR beat Brazil on penalties after a 0-0 to win the Yongchuan International Tournament in Chingqing on Sunday
Japan 2-0 South Africa
All of the scoring came in the first half, with Olympique Lyonnais star Saki Kumagai notching a rare international goal in the 20th minute before Yuika Sugasawa added a second four minutes before half time.
Japan’s success follows last month’s 4-0 success over Canada, as the Asian champions look to challenge for medals in their home Olympics next August.