Mumbai: The semi-finalists for the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022™ were decided following an exciting day of quarter-final action on Sunday.
Two-time defending champions Japan led the cast for the last four stage with eight-time winners China PR, Korea Republic and the Philippines joining them in Thursday's semi-finals, which also sealed all four sides their places in the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia/New Zealand 2023.
Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam, meanwhile, will square off in a round robin playoff to determine the fifth team to earn an automatic slot to the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Quarter-final: Philippines beat Chinese Taipei to create history
Pune: The Philippines advanced to their first ever AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022™ semi-finals, defeating Chinese Taipei 4-3 on penalties after their quarter-final ended 1-1 in extra time on Sunday.
On a historic night which saw goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel make two saves and score one in the shootout, the Philippines not only booked an inaugural appearance in the AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-finals but also a berth in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time. They play Korea Republic in the India 2022 semi-finals on Thursday.
Chinese Taipei's FIFA Women’s World Cup hopes, meanwhile, depend on them successfully navigating the three-team playoffs, with the top side at the end of the round robin competition to advance to the Finals and the remaining two to feature in the Inter-Confederation playoffs.
Quarter-final: Ji's late strike sends Korea Republic into semis at Australia's expense
Pune: Ji So-yun’s late long-range stunner took Korea Republic into the semi-finals of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ with a 1-0 win over 2018 runners-up Australia at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex on Sunday.
The Chelsea midfielder thumped her effort home from 25 yards two minutes from time to give the Koreans victory after Cho So-hyun had missed a penalty, and her goal means Colin Bell’s side will meet the Philippines in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Ji’s goal allowed her to overshadow her clubmate Sam Kerr as the Australian forward endured a disappointing game in front of goal as the Matildas crashed out while Korea Republic booked a place in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
Quarter-final: China PR defeat Vietnam to keep ninth title dream alive
Mumbai: China PR stayed on course for a record-extending ninth title after booking their place in the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022™ semi-finals with a 3-1 victory over Vietnam at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Sunday.
Wang Shuang, Wang Shanshan and Tang Jiali all starred for Shui Qingxia’s side as they set up a semi-final clash with defending champions Japan and also confirmed their place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia/New Zealand 2023.
Vietnam, meanwhile, will now set their sights on qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup via the playoffs.
Quarter-final: Japan cruise past Thailand to book last four, FIFA World Cup tickets
Navi Mumbai: Japan booked their place in the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022™ semi-finals after a 7-0 win over Thailand at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Sunday.
They will face eight-time champions China PR, who defeated Vietnam 3-1 in their quarter-final, in the semi-finals on Thursday. Japan, the two-time AFC Women's Asian Cup defending champions, also confirmed their FIFA Women's World Cup Australia/New Zealand 2023 berth with the victory.
While Thailand's dreams of winning the AFC Women's Asian Cup title for the first time since 1983 have been dashed, the Southeast Asians are still in the running for a place in the FIFA Women's World Cup through the playoffs.