Chinese Taipei, Philippines shine, winning starts for IR Iran, Myanmar & Jordan
Kuala Lumpur: Chinese Taipei and Philippines registered their second successive wins in their 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers Round 1 campaign while Islamic Republic of Iran and Myanmar opened with wins as India and Nepal played to a draw on Thursday.
Four group winners and runners-up, along with the two best third-placed teams will join Uzbekistan and Vietnam in the second round of the Qualifiers.
PHILIPPINES 3-1 TAJIKISTAN
Hisor: Philippines came back from a goal down to beat Tajikistan 3-1 at the Hisor Central Stadium.
On the back of a defeat to Chinese Taipei on Matchday Two, Tajikistan began brightly and took the lead through Gulsunbi Khalimova on 24 minutes but it was short lived as Philippines’ Shelah Mae Cadag scored the equaliser six minutes later.
Philippines returned from the break the stronger side with Sara Isobel Arrieta Castaneda giving them the lead just five minutes into the second half, before converting a penalty kick in the 76th minute to seal the win.
CHINESE TAIPEI 9-0 MONGOLIA
Hisor: After suffering an opening day defeat to host nation Tajikistan and then settling for a 2-2 draw with Singapore, Mongolia were aiming for a winning result against their East Asian rivals.
However, Chinese Taipei - who beat Tajikistan with the same scoreline in their group opener - drew first blood with Michelle Pao breaking the stalemate in the 29th minute.
In the final six minutes of first half action, Chinese Taipei secured a hefty lead with Hsu Yi-Yun, Lee Hsiu-Chin and Yu Hsiu-Chin finding the back of the net in the 39th, 40th and 42nd minutes respectively.
Yu completed her hat-trick with back-to-back goals in the 49th and 52nd minutes.
Chen Yen-Ping also showed her prowess, scoring in the 72nd and 86th minutes, before Lin Ya-Han ended proceedings in the second minute of added time.
Mongolia will face the Philippines in their final tie on Saturday, while Chinese Taipei will aim to continue their dominant performance against Singapore on Monday.
IR IRAN 8-0 LEBANON
Chonburi: IR Iran opened their Group B campaign with an emphatic 7-0 win over Lebanon at the Institute of Physical Education Stadium.
Playing in the neutral venue of Chonburi, Thailand, Iran wasted no time in taking the lead with Samaneh Chahkandi opening the scoring in the ninth minute.
The Central Asians were assured a three-goal lead going into the break when Zahra Ghanbari and Chahkandi scored a goal each in the 38th and 44th minutes respectively.
Lebanon suffered further setback in the second half as Ghanbari and Hajar Dabbaghi continued Iran’s goalscoring trend in the 54th and 57th minute respectively.
66 minutes into the game, Ghanbari completed her hat-trick.
On the stroke of full-time, Melika Motevalli made it 6-0, and Dabbaghi secured her second six minutes into added time to record a convincing win.
In the three-team Group B, Lebanon will look to bounce back from their loss when they play their final match against Hong Kong on Saturday, before Iran face the East Asians on Monday.
MYANMAR 5-0 BANGLADESH
Yangon: Myanmar turned on the power to beat Bangladesh 5-0 in their Group C opener.
Win Theingi Tun broke the deadlock in the 34th minute before scoring another a minute from half-time.
Bangladesh tried to mount a comeback in the second half but their hopes were dashed with Khin, Moe Wai, Le Le Hlaing and Yee Yee Oo finding the back of the net in the 61st, 84th and 89th minutes respectively.
INDIA 1-1 NEPAL
Yangon: India recovered from an early deficit to salvage a 1-1 draw with Nepal at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.
Nepal gained the advantage in the 11th minute in the all-South Asian affair with Niru Thapa etching her name on the scoresheet.
Eight minutes from half-time, Kamala Devi Yumnam equalised for India.
The back-and-forth encounter continued well into the second half, and despite Nepal making three substitutions in the final 20 minutes of the game, a goal eluded them.
Nepal play host nation Myanmar, while India take on another regional rival, Bangladesh on Saturday.
JORDAN 6-0 MALDIVES
West Bank: Three goals in each half gave Jordan a 6-0 win over Maldives at the Faisal Al Husseini Stadium.
The 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup hosts took the lead within the first three minutes through Abeer Mahmoud Alnahar’s effort before Shahnaz Jebreen and Anfal Alsufy made it 3-0 with goals in the 13th and 16th minutes respectively.
As the game progressed, Maldives slowly found their footing and defended better to deny Jordan.
However, Jordan eventually found the back of the net in the 73rd minute through Ayah Faisal Al Majali, and Raya Rasem Hina furthered their advantage in the 88th minute.
Alsufy bagged her second goal of the night in the second minute of added time to seal the win.
Jordan face host nation Palestine next, while Maldives play Indonesia.
PALESTINE 1-1 INDONESIA
West Bank: West Bank: Caroline Sohgian's strike in the fifth minute of second half added time salvaged hosts Palestine a point as they fought back to hold Indonesia 1-1 in Group D.
Indonesia looked to have sealed the three points in their opening match after Vivi Oktavia Riski gave them the lead in the 64th minute, only to be denied at the very end.
Photos: Tajikistan Football Federation, Football Association of Thailand, Myanmar Football Federation, Palestinian Football Association