Kuala Lumpur: With 43 matches and several memorable games completed, there will be little room for error when Asia’s best teams convene for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers Final Round in the coming week.
Korea Republic, Vietnam and Myanmar will see Group A action in Jeju Island, Korea Republic, while Australia, Thailand, China PR and Chinese Taipei will play their Group B matches in Sydney, Australia.
The top two sides from Group B will play off – on a home and away basis – against the top two teams from Group A – for the final two places, alongside hosts Japan, at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Tokyo 2020: Myanmar, Thailand share spoils in final friendly
Mandalay: Myanmar and Thailand’s respective preparations for the AFC Women’s Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament are complete after the Southeast Asian nations shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Mandalay’s Mandalar Thiri Stadium on Tuesday.
Nu Nu opened the scoring for Myanmar early in the match, before Thailand levelled the tie seven minutes after half time through Saowalak Pengngam.
The friendly clash was the second meeting between the sides in less than a week, with Thailand earning a 2-1 win in their earlier clash at the same venue on Saturday.
Hanoi: Huynh Nhu is confident Vietnam can create history by qualifying for Tokyo 2020 ahead of the AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Third Round next month in Korea Republic.
Vietnam have been in intensive training for the Qualifiers and will head to Jeju Island, Korea Republic for the Qualifiers on February 3-9 as the Southeast Asian nation look to qualify for the Olympics after a stellar 2019 which saw them winning the AFF Women’s Championship and SEA Games.
The Olympic Qualifiers will be a tougher ask but charismatic captain Huynh Nhu believes Vietnam will seal one of the two berths available to Tokyo 2020.
London: Sam Kerr scored her first goal for Chelsea as a stunning three-goal burst inside the opening 20 minutes helped the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday to leave the FA Women’s Super League title race wide open.
Bethany England scored a spectacular strike against the north-London club, as she curled her shot to put Chelsea in front after 10 minutes with her 15th goal of the season of what is proving to be another prolific campaign.
A second followed just three minutes later, as Kerr was picked out by Guro Reiten’s cross to the far post and she sent a header across the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.
De Vanna left out as Matildas name Tokyo Qualifiers squad
Sydney: Matildas coach Ante Milicic included a wealth of stars, but not Lisa De Vanna, as his 20-player AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers Final Round squad was revealed on Wednesday.
Australia will compete against group hosts China PR, as well as Chinese Taipei and Thailand from February 3 to 9 in Wuhan, with the group’s top two sides to advance to the final qualification play-offs in March.
Japan's FIFA Women's World Cup-winning squad to open Torch Relay
Tokyo: The members of Japan's FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning squad from 2011 will open the domestic leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee announced on Tuesday.
The leg, known as the "Grand Start", is due to take place at the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima on March 26, 2020.