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China fear no one after thrashing Jordan 8-1 for AFC Women’s Asian Cup semi-final spot

‘Could only beat the teams we were drawn with’ says coach as South Korea, Japan or Australia challenge looms for place in the final

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 April, 2018, 4:40pm
UPDATED : Friday, 13 April, 2018, 4:40pm

China coach Siggi Eyjolfsson believes his side has what it takes to win their AFC Women’s Asian Cup semi-final after earning their spot with an 8-1 thrashing of hosts Jordan in Amman.

His side opened the scoring and led 2-1 at half-time before adding another six goals in the second half, including Wang Shang claiming her hat trick.

Jordan saw Yasmeen Khair sent off after 71 minutes with the score at 5-1.

“At times in the second half we played great football and were able to create many opportunities,” the coach said after the match. “It was a great win and we are ready for the semi-finals.

“I am also happy that after making some enforced changes to the team, all the players performed well. I was very pleased with their effort.”

China only conceded once as they averaged five goals per game in their three group wins, with Li Ying scoring five of them.

The Steel Roses will face one of Australia, Japan or South Korea in the semi-final depending on results in their final group games. Vietnam are already out.

“We know the three teams who could be there. They are all ranked higher than us at the moment, but that does not mean that we can’t beat them, we have every belief that we can win.”

The Icelandic coach was dismissive of those who point out China are as yet untested, winning all three group games with something to spare and qualifying for the semi-finals after just two games.

“Throughout the group stage, we could only beat the teams that we were drawn with.”

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“Of course, we know there will be tougher opponents waiting for us in the semi-final, but we are confident that we have a team that can beat anyone who is put in front of it on a good day.

“It will be a great test for us to play such a difficult opponent and see if we can reach the final.”