Vietnam down Iran, go top

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Vietnam downed Iran 2-0 to go two points clear in the AFC U-19 Women's Championship second round qualifiers standings while Thailand and Uzbekistan played a 2-2 draw on Monday.

Vietnam, who defeated Uzbekistan 3-0 in their opener, went ahead in the eighth minute through Nguyen Thi Lieu and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung doubled the advantage six minutes after the half hour mark. Maryam Rahimi pulled one back for Iran a minute before the final whistle.

Vietnam are now on six points after two games, two more than Thailand and Uzbekistan. Chinese Taipei are on three points while Iran are yet to open their account.

Taneekarn Dangda's 28th-minute opener for Thailand was cancelled out by Feruza Turdiboeva at the stroke of half time. Pajaree Thaoto once again put Thailand ahead three minutes after the hour mark but Selime Gugueva made it 2-2 three minutes later.

Thailand will face Iran while Vietnam will meet Chinese Taipei on Thursday.

The second round features teams ranked 6-8 from the previous competition, along with the first-round group winners, for a total of five countries.

After a single round-robin, the top team will qualify for the tournament proper.

Top five teams from the last edition - Japan, Korea Republic, DPR Korea, China and Australia have been given a direct entry into the Finals.

The six-team Finals will have a one-round league format to determine the champions.

Source: Asian Football

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