Macao soccer fans hoping that the women’s team would make up for a string of recent defeats suffered by the men’s side were in for a dramatic disappointment on Thursday, as the SAR squad got battered 16-0 by Chinese Taipei
The match – part of the preliminary competition of the East Asian Football Federation’s Women’s Football Championship – was held at the Suoka Sports Training Base in Zhuhai.
Macao kicked the game off but the Taipei side got hold of the ball in the opening minutes. In the 4th minute, Taipei’s Pi-Han Chan took a shot from outside the box and Taipei went one-up. Minutes later, Taipei’s number 9 chipped the ball outside the box and nearly made it two-nil, but the ball hit the top of the post.
Taipei’s second goal came in the 18th minute after the team combined a few good passes before Hsin-hui Lin placed the ball to her teammate Yi-wen Li who slotted a comfortable goal.
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The Taipei side kept Macao under merciless pressure, with the SAR conceding five goals between the 20th and 26th minutes. In the 35th minute, Taipei’s Yi-Yun Hsu played a good cross into the box which saw Hsin-Hui Lin unmarked. The attacker’s first shot hit the post but the next found the back of the net, making it two goals to her name.
Taipei went into half-time leading by eight goals. The second half was equally woeful for Macao, with eight more goals conceded.
The defeat must rank as one of the most demoralising in women’s competition – considerably worse than Thailand’s 13-0 battering at the hands of the US in 2019 or Germany’s 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007.
The Macao women’s team plays its next match this Saturday against Guam, starting in Zhuhai at 1:00 pm.