Asian Cup Qualifiers End

Today we saw the end of the Asian Cup qualifiers for the 2019 tournament to be held in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament this time around will see four nations out of the nine East Asian sides competing. They are the four highest ranked sides in East Asia subsequently and are China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea. 

The two teams that came close although just missed out from East Asia were Taiwan and Hong Kong with both teams putting in fighting displays. Here is a round-up of the East Asian sides results as the qualifiers came to an end; 

North Korea 2 - 0 Hong Kong 

North Korea booked their place in their third successive  Asian Cup Finals this week. 

With the country needing just a point to guarantee their progress, they went one better with two first-half goals.  The goals coming from Jong Il-gwan and Pak Kwang-ryong ending Hong Kong hopes of travelling to the UAE in 2019.

Hong Kong needed to win to qualify for the first time since 1968, but the visitors’ slim hopes were worsened when defender Helio Goncalves was replaced just 11 minutes into the game through injury. 

Taiwan 1 - 0 Singapore 

Taiwan ended their campaign with a win over Singapore. The goal coming in the first half as Chen scored to keep Gary White’s impressive record at home as the East Asian side notched up a sixth straight win at home in both friendlies and competitive fixtures since the Englishman took over last year.

The win moved Taiwan on to nine points from their six qualifiers as they narrowly miss out on a debut appearance at the Asian Cup.

Taiwan got the goal with eight minutes remaining in the first half when captain Chen who has been impressing in China already finished off a slick move that sliced open the Singapore defence.

In the second half, Singapore was left trying to get Taiwan on the counter-attack to find a way back into the game. In the end, this came to no avail as the Singapore side completed the campaign with no wins. 

Myanmar 1 - 0 Macau 

A clever finish by substitute Kyi Lin was enough to give Myanmar a 1-0 victory over Macau as both teams' ended their qualifying campaign in an entertaining fashion. 

The win meant that Myanmar would finish third in Group A with eight points from their six games while Macau ended the campaign without a point despite some encouraging displays. 

The result was well deserved for the home side but Macau made it a frustrating night at times for them.

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