Sri Lanka fell to a massive 17-0 defeat against China in the ‘AFC U16 Girls’ Championship Qualifiers match at the CR & FC Grounds in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
China came into this match as clear favorites. Both Nations earlier played Guam, with Sri Lanka losing 4-2 to Guam while China massacred Guam 20-0.
China took the lead in the 3rd minute from their very first corner, which was struck in and found the tall Chinese number 17 Shao Ziqin, who without any pressure from the Lankan defense headed into the back of the net. That would be her first of two in the first half, as she went onto get another in the 41st minute when she broke into the Sri Lankan box and with a powerful strike beat the keeper again.
The 15th minute saw another corner for China which accounted for another goal. The corner which was struck into the box was again poorly defended by Sri Lanka and China pounced on the opportunity to find the back of the net.
Shao Ziqin almost had a third with a superb strike from a distance, which had the keeper rooted to her spot, but luckily for Sri Lanka the ball struck the crossbar before going out.
China’s Fu Congcong was arguably the player of the first half, as she impressively completed a first half hat-trick. Her first goal came in the 7th minute with the Lankan defense faltering again, a simple cross into the box was tapped in unchallenged. Her second came through another tap in, while her hat-trick goal came through a brilliant run, as she dribbled past 3 defenders easily before coolly slotting past the keeper.
China with another brilliant build up of play, found Li Lanlan inside the box and with a cracking shot beat the keeper to the back of the net. China almost scored again less than a minute later, but the Lankan keeper Sankalani Bandara finally made a great save diving and palming it away resulting in the ball striking the post before rolling out for a corner.
China was running circles around the Sri Lankan defense, with China’s keeper nothing but a mere spectator in the opening half. Sri Lanka’s defense continued to falter as yet another cross into the box was not dealt with properly, before being smashed past the keeper to the back of the net.
Half Time: Sri Lanka 0 – 8 China
China made it 10-0 in the opening 5 minutes of the second half, as their number 8 tapped in a cut back pass to make it 9, before the number 10 skillfully dribbled past 2 defenders to slot past the keeper to make it 10-0.
China continued their domination of the game as the goal fest continued with the Chinese girls seemingly breaking into the box at will with the score becoming 13-0, before Shao Ziqin got a good pass into the box before calmly slotting the ball past the keeper to complete her hat-trick.
Shao Ziqin almost got her 4th, but keeper Sankalani made a brilliant reflex save to deny Ziqin her glory. China continued their domination adding more goals before the referee mercifully blew for full time. 9 of China’s starting XI got their names on the score sheet, while Sri Lanka failed to register a single goal.
Full Time: Sri Lanka 0 – 17 China
- Goal Scorers
China –Fu Congcong (3 goals), Shao Ziqin (3 goals), Wang Xinling (2 goals), Shao Zijia, Wang Siqian, Dai Xinyao, Jiang Chenjing, Chi Shiying, Chen Jiayu, Li Lanlan, Wang Minhui.
Uzbekistan beat Guam
Uzbekistan and Guam battled it out in the morning match with Uzbekistan dominating the first half easily, ending with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Oysara Suyunova and Leyla Oraniyazova.
The second half was much closer with Guam pulling back a goal in the 64th minute through Jinae Bernadette, who was one of the goal scorers against Sri Lanka. The comeback was extremely short lived however as less than a minute later Parvina Sodikova fired in the 3rd goal for Uzbekistan, with the match ending 3-1 in favour of Uzbekistan.