China seal qualification

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Wang Shanshan in action in the game.

China secured their place in the 2019 EAFF E-1 Women's Championship, defeating Chinese Taipei 2-0 to win the second preliminary round of qualifiers in Guam.

Wang Shanshan got the ball rolling with her sixth goal in three matches, before Xiao Yuyi all but confirmed it would be the eight-time Asian champions who took the final place in the 2019 championship when she added a second goal in the 13th minute.

Jia Xiuquan's side required only a draw to seal their place in next year's tournament, but they assumed a winning position as early as the 10th minute, with Wang finally forcing the ball over the goal-line after Chinese Taipei goalkeeper Tsai Ming-jung had initially performed heroics during a goalmouth scramble.

Chinese Taipei's task had become more difficult, but it began to border on insurmountable when Xiao latched onto Li Ying's intelligent headed pass to make it 2-0 just three minutes later. 

In 15 previous meetings between the sides, China had never conceded a goal, let alone suffered a defeat against Chinese Taipei, and a historic turnaround never seemed likely in the second period, with the Steel Roses looking more likely to extend their lead than cough it up.

While their third goal never came, China eased into next year's Finals in Korea Republic, where they will look to add the EAFF E-1 Championship to their long list of international honours.

Despite their superb record in the AFC Women's Asian Cup, the Steel Roses have never won the East Asian title, with a runner-up finish in 2010 their best showing in the competition.

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