Bell urges Korea Republic to remain focused for Play-offs
Jeju: Head coach Colin Bell wants his Korea Republic players to stay on their toes after the East Asians defeated Vietnam 3-0 to seal top spot in Group A of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Sunday.
The Taeguk Ladies found a way past an ultra defensive Vietnam with goals from Jang Sel-gi, Choo Hyo-joo and Ji So-yun to set up a date with the Group B runners-up in next month’s Play-offs.
Vietnam, who claimed second spot, will face the Group B winners with the triumphant teams from the Play-offs joining hosts Japan as Asia’s representatives at the 2020 Olympics.
Sydney: An away day against an Australian side ranked seventh in the world is far from the easiest way to recover from a 6-1 defeat, but the prospect can’t come soon enough for Thailand’s Irravadee Makris.
The odds may be firmly against her side, but the US-born midfielder is looking forward to both the challenge posed by Australia’s fully professional squad, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with world-renowned striker Sam Kerr in Thailand’s final AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group B match on Monday.
Sydney: China PR captain Wu Haiyan believes there is more to come from her side, after they claimed a superb 6-1 win over Thailand in their first AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament match on Friday.
With the difficulties faced in the final days of their pre-tournament preparation now well-documented, Jia Xiuquan’s side blew two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participants Thailand away, scoring four goals before the interval on the way to a dominant victory.
Sydney: Kyah Simon was a picture of happiness after helping Australia to a 7-0 win over Chinese Taipei on Friday, in an appearance which ended an injury-ridden 489-day hiatus from the national team.
The 28-year-old made a significant impact in her international return, supplying the assist for the first of Cailtin Foord’s three goals and showing a level of form and fitness which has eluded her for much of the last two years.
it was Simon’s first appearance under head coach Ante Milicic, with the Melbourne City star thrilled to play her part in an important win.
Jia: Mental strength made up for China PR's physical challenges
Sydney: China PR head coach Jia Xiuquan paid tribute to his side’s mental toughness, after they closed an exceptionally challenging week with a stunning 6-1 win against Thailand in the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Friday.
Unable to train and confined to their Brisbane hotel for an extended period as a result of health precautions, the Steel Roses showed they have an iron will, producing four first-half goals to claim a commanding victory a little over 24 hours after arriving in Sydney.
With three points emphatically secured, Jia revealed his satisfaction at his team’s ability to overcome their trying circumstances.