Mumbai: Australia’s place in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ quarter-finals is secured, but head coach Tony Gustavsson warned against expecting a drop in their standards during Thursday’s final Group B clash against Thailand.
That the Matildas will be one of the eight teams to advance is certain, but they require at least a point against Chaba Kaew to be sure of advancing as group winners, while the Thais' more complicated knockout stage equation will also be resolved at Mumbai Football Arena.
Gustavsson’s side have taken no prisoners since touching down in Mumbai, piling on 22 unanswered goals in wins over Indonesia and the Philippines, and living up to their billing as title contenders.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosts have fielded exceptionally strong starting line-ups in their group stage matches, with stars like Sam Kerr, Ellie Carpenter and Steph Catley all starting on both occasions.
Pune: Alen Stajcic’s Philippines will clinch their place in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ quarter-finals by defeating Indonesia in their final Group B clash at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex on Thursday.
With Australia having consolidated their place at the top of the standings, the Philippines are second on three points - ahead of Thailand on the head to head criteria, while Indonesia have yet to register a point.
Navi Mumbai: Vietnam and Myanmar will put everything on the line in their final AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ Group C tie on Thursday.
The top two teams from each group, along with two best third-placed sides will qualify for the quarter-finals, which promises an exciting match-up when the two Southeast Asian rivals clash at the D.Y. Patil Stadium.
“Come back stronger” – Kerr issues message of support to India
Mumbai: Australia star Sam Kerr has lent her support to the Indian women’s national team, issuing a heartfelt video message to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ hosts on Wednesday.
India’s participation in the tournament came to an end on Sunday, when COVID-19 cases and injuries meant they were unable to name the minimum 13 players required for their match against Chinese Taipei, leading to their withdrawal.
Currently leading the tournament's scoring charts with six goals from two matches, Kerr sympathised with the team’s plight, urging them to use the setback as motivation for the future.