China beats Cambodia in AFC U-17 Asian Cup qualifiers

SYDNEY, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — China kicked off its qualifying campaign for the 2023 U-17 Asian Cup 2023 with a comfortable 9-0 win over Cambodia in Shepparton, Australia on Wednesday.

In cold and rainy conditions, Zhang Junjie shot home from the penalty area to open the score for China in the 15th minute. Huang Kaijun scored from a tight corner in the 23rd minute, followed by a header from his teammate Wang Yudong. China ended the first half 4-0 after Kuai Jiwen scored a goal in first-half stoppage time.

In the second half, Wang pushed past Cambodian defenders to score his second goal in the 59th minute and two minutes later he hit a hat-trick into an empty net.

Wang Haobin and Li Ming also made it onto the scoreboard. With Ouyang Jiaxin’s last goal in stoppage time, China sealed a 9-0 victory over its first Group G opponent.

China’s next game is on Friday against the Northern Mariana Islands.

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