Holders Japan, former champions China, Korea and Philippines received their respective matches on Sunday to achieve Girls’s Asian Cup semifinals and guarantee qualification for the 2023 FIFA World Cup. Japan reached the semifinals with a 7-0 thrashing of Thailand whereas China beat Vietnam 3-1 in one other quarterfinal match on the DY Patil Stadium right here. In Pune, Korea beat pre-tournament favourites Australia 1-0 whereas Philippines prevailed over Chinese language Taipei 4-3 in penalty shootout after their quarterfinal match ended 1-1 on the finish of additional time.
Philippines scripted historical past by qualifying for his or her maiden World Cup. Additionally they certified within the semifinals of the Asian Cup for the primary time.
Japan play towards China whereas Korea tackle Philippines within the semifinals on Thursday, each the matches to be performed in Pune. All of the Asian Cup semifinalists earn an computerized spot within the 2023 World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Australia have already certified for the World Cup as co-hosts.
Now the three shedding semifinalists sides — Thailand, Chinese language Taipei and Vietnam — will function in a playoffs spherical on February 2, 4 and 6.
The highest aspect on the finish of the spherical robin playoffs competitors will advance to the World Cup Finals whereas the remaining two will function within the Inter-Confederation playoffs.
Striker Yuika Sugasawa scored 4 objectives for the two-time defending champions Japan who dominated Thailand all through their their quarterfinal match.
With Thailand lacking a number of gamers because of a COVID-19 outbreak of their squad, Japan began as favourites and Futoshi Ikeda’s aspect took an instantaneous grip on the match.
Japan led 2-0 at half time and any hopes Thailand had of a doable comeback had been dashed three minutes into the second half, with Sumida scoring Japan’s third with a right-footed shot from the centre of the field into the underside proper nook.
With Thailand visibly tiring, Japan maintained a excessive tempo and their fixed strain noticed them earn a second spot-kick within the sixty fourth minute when Phonphirun Philawan was penalised for bringing Sugasawa down, with the striker changing from the spot with a well-placed shot into the underside proper nook.
With Thailand’s resistance damaged, it rained objectives for Japan within the remaining minutes with Riko Ueki scoring their fifth within the seventy fifth from the appropriate aspect of the penalty field.
Sugasawa accomplished her hat-trick 5 minutes later with an effort from simply outdoors the field and added her fourth with a header within the eightieth minute.
Within the different match at DY Patil Stadium, Wang Shuang, Wang Shanshan and Tang Jiali all starred in China’s win towards Vietnam.
China got here into the tie having received all their group video games with out conceding a aim, whereas Vietnam had been vying to chart historical past by progressing into the semifinals.
In Pune, Korea rode on Ji So-yun’s late long-range stunner to beat Australia by a solitary aim.
The Chelsea midfielder thumped her effort dwelling from 25 yards two minutes from time to offer the Koreans victory after Cho So-hyun had missed a penalty towards the 2018 runners-up who had reached into the quarterfinals with three large wins on the trot.
Ji’s aim allowed her to overshadow her clubmate Sam Kerr because the Australian ahead endured a disappointing recreation in entrance of aim because the Matildas crashed out of the event.
Within the final match of the day, Philippines superior to their first ever Girls’s Asian Cup semi-finals, defeating Chinese language Taipei 4-3 on penalties after their quarter-final ended 1-1 in additional time.
On a historic evening, goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel made two saves and rating one within the shootout to ship Philippines to their maiden FIFA Girls’s World Cup.
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