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Japan thrash Việt Nam 8-0 in AFC U19 event

Update: October, 17/2017 - 09:00
Japan’s midfielder Fuka Nagano (middle) controls the ball during a match against Việt Nam at the AFC U19 Women’s Championship in Nanjing yesterday. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam lost 8-0 to Japan in their first match of Group B at the Asian Football Confederation U19 Women’s Championship yesterday in Nanjing, China.

Four-time winners Japan showed they are likely to be contenders again, dominating Việt Nam at the Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium. 

Saori Takarada scored a second-half hat-trick while her teammates Riko Ueki and Mizuka Sato netted a brace each after Jun Endo opened the scoring in the third minute.

“I think the performance is in line with our expectations. I am happy with the performance. The whole squad are on the same level, so I chose the players with the best condition tonight. Both us and Australia now have three points, so the winner of the next match will have six points, which will be a very important match,” Japan coach Futoshi Ikeda was quoted as saying on

His Vietnamese counterpart Vũ Bá Đông said he was pleased with the performance of his players, because they battled a very strong Japan side to the end.

The Vietnamese players, mainly aged 17, learned a lot from Japanese side, according to Đông.

With the big win, Japan ended the day atop Group B while Việt Nam were rooted to the bottom.

In another group A fixture, Australia beat South Korea 2-0.

In the next round of games, Japan will play Australia on Thursday evening, while Việt Nam face another difficult task against South Korea. — VNS

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