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China becomes the first team to qualify for the 2019 Women's World Cup, while Newcastle Jets hit by more injury concerns10 April 2018 | FT Editor
Asian Cup 2018
China has sealed qualification to the 2019 Women's World Cup with a 3-0 win over the Philippines in the Women's Asian Cup overnight (pictured). Thailand thumped the home side, Jordan, 6-1 putting Thailand and Philippines equal second on three points. This means the final game of the group stage will determine which of Thailand or Philippines earns the automatic second qualifying spot for the 2019 World Cup.
In the meantime, it's good to learn that Alen Stajcic won't lie awake worrying about the potential outcomes after tomorrow morning's matches in the Women's Asian Cup [how do people manage that?], but his worst nightmare would be a score draw between Japan and South Korea. Australia play Vietnam on Wednesday morning at 3am AEST. Stajcic says he doesn't talk about these matters with the players, but does think about it himself ... and hopes the players don't read media?
- We may be imagining it but it seems every time Adelaide United has a loss, they trot out the obliging Daniel Adlung to give the obligatory media comment that is part-motivational and positive about the prospects. Here he is today saying the Reds must learn from Sunday's loss to Sydney FC. One of the positives, says Adlung, is that if they meet again in the finals, Adelaide United has a better understanding of how to deal with Sydney FC.
- Oh no. If losing Nigel Boogaard to injury, and Andrew Nabbout to Japan, wasn't enough, now Newcastle Jets have also lost Wayne Brown for the rest of the season with a torn calf muscle. Ronny Vargas is also having an MRI scan today to check on a possible abducor injury, but Ernie Merrick is hopeful this is precautionary rather than serious. It's just the news everyone's 2017-18 A-League darling team do not want.
- In case we've forgotten, Newcastle Jets have had three successive losses, conceded 10 goals in the process, and now face Central Coast Mariners in their final game of the regular season. The following week off in the first week of the finals may be very welcome by Merrick and his team.
- Groan. Sydney FC is back to talking about more records. Don't they have another narrative? One more goal and they will set another record - something they're bound to do in light of their goal-a-game on-fire striker, Bobo.
- Could it be? The wish to de-throne Sydney FC might unite the opposing forces of Melbourne fans? Yeh-nah to that. Anthony Colangelo writes that either Melbourne City or Melbourne Victory are best placed to stop Sydney FC from claiming a second consecutive premiership - and on the basis of current form, we've got to agree. #GoMelbourne
- Evidently 18-year-old Sebastian Pasquali's goal for Young Ajax v NEC Nijmegen on the weekend could put him into Socceroos contention because it was "under the nose" of Bert van Marwijk.
- Talking of being 'under the nose' of van Marwijk, Brad Jones will be hoping he wasn't watching when Jones pass to his defender was intercepted by FC Twente's Adam Maher to hand Twente their equaliser v Feyenoord.
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