Qualifiers Final Round - Group A MD1: Myanmar 0-7 Korea Republic
Jeju: Korea Republic got their AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament off to a flying start with a 7-0 win over Myanmar in their Group A opener at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Monday.
Ji So-yun put the Taeguk Ladies ahead with a fifth minute penalty and Lee So-dam doubled their advantage for a 2-0 lead at half-time, before Korea Republic turned on the power in the second half to register a resounding win.
Colin Bell’s side are one step closer to earning a spot at Tokyo 2020, while Myanmar will have to win their next match against Vietnam to keep their Olympic dream alive.
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.
Preview – Group B: Matildas urged to avoid complacency as heavyweights look to advance
Sydney: Australia head coach Ante Milicic has urged his players not to take Thailand lightly in their next AFC Women’s Olympic qualifying fixture, with both the Matildas and China PR able to seal places in the final play-off round on Monday.
The Steel Roses, who beat Thailand 6-1 in their opening match on Friday, are in action against Chinese Taipei, with both China and Australia to advance with a match to spare with wins on Matchday Three.