Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Nanjing: China PR secured a ticket to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, producing their best performance of the tournament to beat Australia 3-0 to claim third place at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Nanjing on Saturday.
He Luyao scored early, before a second half burst ensured the Young Steel Roses will return to the global youth championship after having missed the 2016 edition, while the drought continues for Australia, who haven’t qualified since 2006.
After resting the large majority of his first team for the semi-final against DPR Korea, Australian head coach Gary van Egmond made 10 personnel changes, with Ellie Carpenter the only player to start both knockout matches.
There was much more continuity in the Chinese line-up, with Zhao Yujie the only new face, and they started in a positive manner, with Zhi Jie in particular causing problems on the left.