Japanese show Thaïs mercilessly

Thailand’s Suchawadee Nildhamrong, left, vies with Japan’s Yui Hasegawa.

Mumbai: Japan booked their place in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup semi-final after beating Thailand 7-0 in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup quarter-final on Sunday in Mumbai, in India.

Two-time defending Asian champions Japan also confirmed their place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final in Australia and New Zealand next year with victory.

They will face the winners of the quarter-final between China and Vietnam in the last four.

While Thailand’s dreams of winning the AFC Women’s Asian Cup title for the first time since 1983 have been dashed, the Southeast Asians are still in contention for a Women’s World Cup berth. thanks to the dams.

With Thailand missing several players due to a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad, Japan started as favorites and Futoshi Ikeda’s side immediately took the game into their own hands.

Mana Iwabuchi, after two early attempts, had a chance to put Japan ahead in the 14th minute after Wilaiporn Bootduang fouled Rin Sumida in the penalty area.

Goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing, however, judged well to parry Iwabuchi’s kick, with the Thai defenders clearing the rebound.

Waraporn would prove to be a stumbling block for Japan as the match progressed.

However, the Thai keeper could do little to prevent the defending champions from opening the scoring in the 27th minute with Yuika Sugasawa’s right-footed shot from the center of the box too powerful for the keeper to stop. .

Sugasawa then scored three more goals in the match, with the other Japanese scorers being Sumida, Riko Ueki and Hinata Miyazawa.

Meanwhile, World Cup co-hosts Australia lost 1-0 to the South Koreans after an 87th-minute long-range shot from Ji So-Yun found its way into the net and helped the Koreans advance to the semi-finals.

Marie A. Evans