Courtesy: Inside The GamesChina and Japan reach knock-out stage at AFC Women's Futsal Championship
by Michael PavittSaturday, 5 May 2018
China and Japan advanced to the knock-out stage of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship with a match to spare after winning their second games of the tournament.
The Chinese team were first to earn their spot in the quarter-finals as they brushed aside Lebanon at the Bangkok Arena in Thailand.
Li Jingjing struck twice in the first half to give China a strong advantage at the break.
A second half brace from Shen Nan, along with strikes from Zhan Huimin and Tian Jiao, sealed a 6-0 success for China.
Japan were able to earn an even more empathic victory in their match against Bahrain, as they cruised to a 13-0 win.
Eri Wakabayshi and Anna Amishiro scored hat-tricks for the 2015 runners-up as they secured a spot in the last eight.
They will meet China to decide the group winners in the final round of Group C matches.
Uzbekistan and Iran have also qualified for the knock-out stage, with their places sealed when the former beat Turkmenistan 3-1.
With Turkmenistan having lost both of their group matches, their rivals advanced with a game to spare.
Iran will take on Uzbekistan in the final game to decide who wins Group D.
Group A and B will conclude tomorrow.
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