JAPAN 3 - 0 KOREA REPUBLIC
NARUMIYA YUI 4’ (Japan)
NAKAMURA MIZUKI 13’ (Japan)
MASUYA RIKA 30’ (Japan)
Japan sealed the AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2011 title in style with a 3-0 victory over Korea Republic at the Jiangning Sports Center on Thursday.
Japan had the game sewn up by half-time as goals from Yui Narumiya (pictured), Mizuki Nakamura and Rika Masuya put them in total control.
The victory maintained Japan's 100% record in the six-team round-robin tournament, lifting them on to 12 points, three clear of DPR Korea.
And they have a better head-to-head record than their nearest challengers thanks to a 1-0 win over them on the opening day, meaning the championship is already in the bag with a game to spare.
The success continues a fantastic year for women's football in Japan, whose teams have also won the FIFA Women's World Cup and the AFC U-19 Women's Championship.
THAILAND 0 - 4 AUSTRALIA
ADRIANA JONES 21’ 82’ (AUSTRALIA)
LAUREN ANN BROWN 62’ (AUSTRALIA)
BREANNA JANE SAMPSON 64’ (AUSTRALIA)
Adriana Jones' double helped Australia earn their first points at the AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2011 with a 4-0 win over Thailand at the Olympic Sport Center Stadium.
Victoria Linton's side fully deserved their victory after dominating the game but were also helped by Thai errors at the back and in the middle of the park.
Jones opened the scoring when she blasted home unchallenged in the 21st minute and added another to her tally from Amy Harrison's nod down in the dying minutes of the second-half.
Striker Lauren Brown also found the back of the net in the second period with a superb strike from 18 yards and midfielder Breanna Sampson got her name on the scoresheet in the 64th minute.
Both teams were desperate for a win to salvage some pride after losing their first three matches in the tournament.
DPR KOREA 1 - 0 CHINA
KIM PHYONG HWA 47’ (DPR KOREA)
DPR Korea capitalised on a mix-up in the China defence to claim a 1-0 win and keep their AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2011 title hopes alive at the Jiangning Sports Centre on Thursday.
Kim Phyong-hwa converted an easy chance in the 46th minute after the hosts had allowed Ri Hyang-sim to nick possession deep in their own six-yard box.
The victory moved DPR Korea on to nine points from four games and made a top-three spot which would seal their place at next year's FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup all but secure.
China's chances of winning the championship are over though, with their hopes of a top-three finish resting on their final match against Korea Republic.