Mumbai: After 15 matches of high-octane action, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ has reached the knockout stage with Australia, China PR, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea Republic, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam all vying for the coveted title.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the key facts and figures to emerge from the tournament’s group stage.
Wheeler: All hands on deck in Matildas’ title chase
Mumbai: Breakout midfielder Clare Wheeler said every player in Australia’s squad has a role to play in securing the nation’s second AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ title after a heavily rotated side secured a 2-1 win over Thailand on Thursday.
Head coach Tony Gustavsson’s lineup featured no less than nine new faces from the side that beat the Philippines 4-0 on Monday, with all 23 players in the Australian travelling party receiving game time during the group stage.
Mumbai: Thailand lost on the night but won a place in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ knockout stage following their 2-1 defeat to Australia at Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.
Results elsewhere in the competition meant that Chaba Kaew simply had to avoid a heavy defeat to advance to the last eight as one of the two best third-placed teams, and they never looked in danger of being eliminated in an impressive defensive display against the tournament’s highest-scoring side.
Goals from Emily van Egmond and Sam Kerr gave Australia all three points, but Thailand had their own moment of joy when Nipawan Panyosuk scored a stunning 93rd-minute consolation to send Miyo Okamoto’s side to the quarter-finals on a high note.
Mai: Vietnam showed a lot of heart against Myanmar
Navi Mumbai: Head coach Mai Duc Chung paid tribute to Vietnam’s courage following their 2-2 draw with Myanmar which secured their slot in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ quarter-finals on Thursday.
Vietnam had to come back twice through Nguyen Thị Tuyet Dung and Huynh Nhu to cancel out strikes from Myanmar’s Win Theingi Tun and Khin Marlar Tun at the D.Y. Patil Stadium as they pipped their Southeast Asian rivals to a place in the knockout stage.
Vietnam advanced as one of the two best third-placed teams and will play eight-time champions China PR in the quarter-finals on Sunday.
Philippines keep raising the ceiling and expectations, says Stajcic
Pune: The Philippines are aiming for more after advancing to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ knockout stage after finishing as Group B runners-up on Thursday.
The Malditas took a two-goal lead against Indonesia in the first half, before flexing their muscles in the second half with four more goals to finish their group stage campaign on six points, three behind leaders Australia.
AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ set for more gripping action
Navi Mumbai: The road to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ Final on February 6 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ qualification is now clearer as the final eight teams have been decided after the thrilling Group Stage matches.
Eight-time champions China PR, title holders Japan, Australia, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ 2010 winners, Korea Republic, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand have all advanced to the Quarter-finals that promises more anticipated contests on January 30.