Qualifiers Final Round - Group B: China PR 6-1 Thailand
Leumeah: China PR overcame a build-up full of obstacles in the most impressive way possible, registering a comprehensive 6-1 win over Thailand in the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the Campbelltown Stadium on Friday.
It may have been a belated start to their bid to reach Tokyo 2020, but the Steel Roses wasted no time in stamping their authority on Group B, as the seven-time Asian champions piled on four first-half goals to put themselves out of sight early in the contest.
Li Ying and Tang Jiali scored two goals apiece, with Zhang Xin and Wang Shanshan also getting on the scoresheet as China took a significant step towards next month’s final play-off round, while Thailand are on the brink of elimination after successive defeats.
Jeju: Goalkeeper Mya Phu Ngon has revealed that Myanmar's mistakes caused their 1-0 defeat to Vietnam in the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers final round Group A tie at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Thursday.
Myanmar came into the match having suffered a 7-0 defeat to Korea Republic in their opener but held their own for the first 45 minutes against Vietnam before conceding a goal just after the hour mark which sent Tin Myint Aung's side crashing out of the tournament.
Sydney: Kazuo Echigo has called on his Chinese Taipei side to make the most of their AFC Olympic Qualifiers Final Round experience, after they began their Group B campaign with an important 1-0 win over Thailand on Monday.
Ting Chi’s first-half winner means another victory in either of their two remaining matches against Australia and China PR would almost certainly see Echigo’s charges through to next month’s play-off round, with a maiden Olympic qualification remaining the ultimate goal.
Sydney: Chinese Taipei may be considered outsiders to claim one of Asia’s two remaining qualifying spots for the Olympic women’s football tournament at Tokyo 2020, but a goal from Ting Chi means a long-held dream is a step closer to becoming a reality.
Ting’s strike, which carried her side to a 1-0 success over Thailand in the opening AFC Women’s Qualifying Tournament Group B match on Monday, made it eight successive victories in the competition for Chinese Taipei, with Olympic qualification now potentially two or three wins away.
Another positive result against either Australia or China PR would give Chinese Taipei a good chance of advancing to next month’s final Play-off Round, where they would meet one of Korea Republic, Vietnam or Myanmar on a home and away basis.
Qualifiers - Group B Preview: Australia, China PR primed for action
Sydney: Australia and China PR make their long awaited first appearances in Tokyo 2020’s AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers, but there will be no time for Group B’s big guns to settle in, with wins required against Chinese Taipei and Thailand respectively.
AUSTRALIA v CHINESE TAIPEI
After more than two weeks of training, Australia are set to finally get their Tokyo 2020 qualifying campaign up and running, and head coach Ante Milicic is eager for his side to put their preparation into practice when they face Chinese Taipei at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday.
With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak affecting the tournament’s schedule and pushing Australia’s Group B opener back by four days, Milicic has been afforded a rare chance to put in extensive time with his charges on the training ground, but the former Socceroo is now ready to get down to business.