Pune: Yui Narumiya headed into the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ with just one international cap to her name but the Japan midfielder looks set to be one of the revelations of the tournament.
She made her AFC Women’s Asian Cup debut in Japan’s Group C opener against Myanmar on Friday, coming on in the 69th minute and almost immediately scoring their fourth goal in a 5-0 win.
Three days later, she was in the starting lineup against Vietnam and was once again in her best form - opening the scoring in the 35th minute before sealing an emphatic 3-0 win with her second goal in the 58th minute.
Hat-trick hero Chetthabutr optimistic of Thailand's chances
Navi Mumbai: Kanyanat Chetthabutr believes Thailand’s 4-0 win against Indonesia on Monday is the catalyst to power their AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ campaign.
Chetthabutr was in sizzling form at the D.Y. Patil Stadium, scoring a brace in the first half and completing her hat-trick in the second period before Irravadee Makris added the fourth goal as Thailand bounced back from their opening day 1-0 defeat to the Philippines.
Room for improvement, admits Korea Republic’s Bell
Pune: Korea Republic had to fight hard to secure victory against a valiant Myanmar in Group C of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ on Monday and head coach Colin Bell agreed there is still room for improvement as his side set their sights on the quarter-finals.
Resolute Myanmar defending saw both teams head into the half-time break in a goalless stalemate at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, but Korea Republic turned on the power after the breather to walk away 2-0 winners.
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Kuala Lumpur: With the first set of AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar fixtures of 2022 set to take place in the coming days, we take a look at the players who have been turning on the style for their club sides in recent weeks.
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Patience was a virtue for Matildas, says Gustavsson
Mumbai: Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson praised his side’s ability to remain focused in their 4-0 AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ win against the Philippines on Monday.
Fresh from piling on 18 unanswered goals against Indonesia, the Matildas were kept at bay for 50 minutes by a spirited Philippines defence before their class ultimately produced a flurry of goals after half-time.
The result put Australia in the quarter-finals, with a draw or better against Thailand to confirm them as group winners on Thursday, while the Philippines are also likely to reach the knockout stage if they can defeat Indonesia.
“I couldn’t be prouder” – Philippines' Stajcic delighted despite defeat to Australia
Mumbai: Philippines head coach Alen Stajcic heaped praise on his players after they were gallant in defeat against AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ title chasers Australia on Monday.
The final score line at Mumbai Football Arena read: Australia 4 Philippines 0, but that went only part of the way towards telling the story of what transpired in the first meeting between the two sides since 2008.