Round 2 Qualifiers cast finalised
Kuala Lumpur: The 2020 Women's Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers Round 1 came to an end on Tuesday with 10 teams booking their spot in the next stage.
Group winners: Chinese Taipei, Islamic Republic of Iran, Myanmar, Jordan
Group runners-up: Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia
Two best third-placed teams: Nepal, Palestine
The four group winners and runners-up, along with the two best third-placed teams, progressed to the second round of the Qualifiers, joining Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Round 2 will see the teams divided into three groups of four teams, with the respective group winners advancing to the final round.
Round 3 will see the three teams compete with Australia, DPR Korea, Korea Republic, China PR and Thailand in two groups of four, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the play-off.
The two winners from the play-off will then qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with host and reigning Asian champions Japan.
CHINESE TAIPEI 5-0 PHILIPPINES
Hisor: Chinese Taipei beat Philippines 5-0 to finish their Group A campaign with a perfect record at the Hisor Central Stadium.
Chinese Taipei were two goals ahead going into the break with Lai Li-Chin and Lee Hsiu-Chin scoring in the 41st and 45th minutes respectively.
Yu Hsiu-Chin then made it 3-0 on 57 minutes before Lee scored her second goal of the night eight minutes later, with Lin Hsin-Hui ending proceedings in the 81st minute.
Chinese Taipei scored 33 goals and conceded none in four games to seal top spot in Group A, while there was good news for the Philippines too despite the defeat as they too qualified for the second round as the group runners-up.
TAJIKISTAN 6-0 SINGAPORE
Host nation Tajikistan ended their campaign on a high note with a 6-0 win over Singapore.
Having lost their two previous matches against Chinese Taipei and the Philippines, Tajikistan had no chance of progressing but four goals from Gulsunbi Khalimova in the first half laid the foundation for a convincing win with the player scoring in the fifth, 12th, 26th and 38th minutes.
Madina Fozilova made it 5-0 two minutes into the second half, before Khalimova scored her fifth goal of the night on 77 minutes to end proceedings to seal Tajikistan a third place finish in Group A.
IR IRAN 1-1 HONG KONG
Chonburi: Islamic Republic of Iran came back from a goal down to salvage a crucial 1-1 draw with Hong Kong at the Institute of Physical Education Stadium.
The draw put both teams on four points, but Iran finished as Group B winners on goal difference.
Prior to the match, both sides had already confirmed their spots in the next round of the Qualifiers after claiming a win against Lebanon, but Hong Kong went ahead in the 16th minute when Lee Wing Yan found the back of the net and were able to keep their lead going into the second half.
Iran struck back two minutes after the break through Hajar Dabbhagi and held on to seal top spot in the three-team Group B.
NEPAL 1-1 BANGLADESH
Yangon: Bangladesh ended their Group C campaign with 1-1 draw against Nepal, courtesy of Akhi Khatun’s goal in added time.
Nepal went into the match looking for a win, as it would place them in contention for a top two finish and took the lead through Niru Thapa in the 16th minute.
However, a 93rd minute effort from Khatun resulted in Nepal finishing third but much to their delight, they too advanced to the second round of the Qualifiers as one of the two best third-placed teams.
MYANMAR 2-1 INDIA
Nge Nge Htwe's late goal sent Myanmar to the top of Group C as they beat India 2-1.
Win Theingi Tun opened the scoring as early as the third minute to give Myanmar the lead but India were on equal footing heading into the break with Ratanbala Devi Nongm scoring the equaliser in the 24th minute.
As the game looked set to end in a draw, Htwe scored the winner on 83 minutes to ensure Myanmar finished as group winners, while India settled for the runners-up spot.
JORDAN 3-0 INDONESIA
West Bank: Jordan assured themselves top spot in Group D after beating Indonesia 3-0 at the Faisal Al Husseini Stadium.
Three different goalscorers found the back of the net, with Shahnaz Jebreen hitting the first of the night on 16 minutes.
Abeer Mahmoud Alnahar made it 2-0 in the 74th minute before Jana scored the final goal to confirm Jordan's place in the second round of the Qualifiers as Group D winners with a perfect record of three wins and no goals conceded.
PALESTINE 2-1 MALDIVES
Palestine bounced back from a goal down to beat Maldives 2-1 with two goals in the second half.
Maldives, who had suffered losses in their previous two Group D fixtures, went into the match looking to end their campaign with a win and were ahead in the 23rd minute through Mariyam Rifa.
However, they failed to hold on to their lead as Palestine's Caroline Sohgian converted a penalty on 69 minutes to equalise, before Saja Kanaaneh scored the winning goal five minutes later.
The win placed Palestine third in the group, and their performance throughout their campaign took them to the next round of the Qualifiers as one of the two best third-placed teams.
Photos: Myanmar Football Federation, Football Association of Thailand, Tajikistan Football Federation, Palestinian Football Association