Chonburi: Vietnam exited the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 after their defeat to China PR on Sunday, but the Southeast Asians will leave with their heads held high after an impressive debut performance.
Vietnam had their backs against the wall after suffering defeats to DPR Korea and Korea Republic in their earlier Group B matches but that didn’t stop them from bringing the challenge to China.
In the end, Shao Ziqin’s 82nd minute header for China was all that separated the sides.
Chonburi: Shao Ziqin’s second half effort proved to be enough as China PR advanced into the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals as Group B runners-up after beating Vietnam 1-0 at the IPE Chonburi Stadium on Sunday.
China will play Group A winners Japan in the semi-finals on Wednesday in a repeat of the 2017 third place play-off tie with a place in the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup at stake.
Chonburi: Holders DPR Korea confirmed their progress to the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals as Group B winners, overcoming Korea Republic 3-0 at Chonburi Stadium on Sunday.
A rematch between the 2017 finalists produced a similar result to the previous decider, as DPR Korea overcame their neighbours as well as challenging conditions thanks to goals from Myong Yu-jong, Hong Song-ok and Kim Hye-yong.
While Hwang Yong-song’s side can now look forward to a semi-final meeting with Australia on Wednesday, Sunday’s match was the end of the line for Korea Republic, whose group stage elimination was confirmed.
Choton hails Bangladesh's ‘best achievement in women’s football’
Chonburi: Golam Robbani Choton praised his players after his Bangladesh side earned a 2-2 draw in their AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 clash with Australia on Saturday, labelling it the country’s best achievement in the women’s game.
Already out of knockout stage contention, and still reeling from a 9-0 defeat to Japan three days prior, few gave the South Asian side a chance at IPE Chonburi Stadium, but a committed team performance and two goals from promising striker Tohura Khatun earned them a historic first ever Finals point.
Chonburi: Australia sealed their place in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 knockout stage, but only after a Matchday Three arm-wrestle with Bangladesh finished in 2-2 draw on Saturday.
Striker Tohura Khatun put the South Asians ahead on two separate occasions, with a pair of second-half equalisers from Claudia Mihocic and Paige Zois required to maintain Australia’s unbeaten record.
The Junior Matildas sealed their place in the semi-finals for the first time in 10 years, but it was Bangladesh who were in the mood to celebrate, as they claimed their first ever AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Finals point.
Chonburi: Today they stand on top of the footballing world, but they were once teenagers taking their first steps on the international stage.
While World Cups, club titles and major individual awards would follow, many of Asia’s women’s football icons began their careers on the same stage which greets a new generation of players in Chonburi in the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Thailand 2019.
As the Continent waits to see which promising youngsters will emerge in Thailand, the-AFC.com looks back at some of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship's graduates.