Chonburi: Australia head coach Rae Dower has called on her young players to outperform their heroes by defeating DPR Korea in Wednesday’s AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 semi-final at IPE Chonburi Stadium.
Unbeaten through the group stage, the Junior Matildas are one win away from the dual prize of a place in Saturday’s final and a maiden FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup berth, while defeat would bring both dreams crashing down.
While Australia have become a powerhouse in the women’s game, even senior national team stars like Sam Kerr never experienced the global showpiece at youth level, and Dower called on her side to break new ground by qualifying for a first World Cup.
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: Hong Song-ok is one of several players to have shone bright in DPR Korea’s stunning form in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019, but the midfielder believes teamwork is the key to their success.
The defending champions were outstanding in the group stage, winning all three of their matches with a record of 17 goals scored and none conceded.
Seven different players, including Hong, have found the net so far, and she believes her side’s even spread of both talent and responsibility is one of their major strengths.
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.