Chinese Taipei coach Masayuki Nagira expects even more out of his players following their 5-0 win over Hong Kong in their EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Women’s Round 2 opener on Tuesday afternoon.
A brace from Lin Ya-Han as well as goals from Lai Li-Chin, Pao Hsin-Hsuan and Lee Hsiu-chin, as well as a Lin Ya-Han’s brace helped his side to a comfortable victory over Hong Kong.
“We want to improve our football in terms of how we perform,” the Japanese coach said, with an eye toward their encounter against tournament favourites Korea Republic. “The beauty of this game is that you don’t know the result until the very end, so all we can do [to beat the Korea Republic] is prepare our best effort and try to win.”
Meanwhile, Hong Kong coach Chan Shuk Chi found room to praise her relatively untested squad but was not afraid to admit mistakes leading to five conceded goals, their most allowed since a 9-0 loss to Korea Republic two years ago.
“Most of the players did okay, but we can do better,” Chan said after the final whistle. “I think because some of the players are young, they made some mistakes under pressure and that’s understandable.
“We will try to focus on defending corners in the upcoming match,” she added when asked about Lin’s double, both of which came from set pieces.
Korea Republic will face Hong Kong in Friday’s second matchday, while Guam will take on Chinese Taipei.