Women’s Asian Cup Power Rankings: Japan is No. 1 despite Sam Kerr and Australia has destroyed 18 historic goals

The 2022 AFC Asian Women’s Football Championship is officially taking place in India with 21 teams competing for titles and 5 places to attend the World Cup in the upcoming 2023 Women’s World Cup. Team play started with Game Day 1 already in the book. China, Japan and Australia lead their respective groups, while Iran took the first point in their Asian Cup opener. Fans can watch all the action live and on-demand on Supreme +.

Let’s take a look at the teams’ positions on our Power Rankings as the tournament enters Match Day 2.

1. Japan

The 2018 Asian Cup champions claim the top spot after opening their title defense with a 5-0 win over Myanmar. Nadeshiko prevailed, keeping control and keeping Myanmar from making a shot attempt. Riko Ueki and Yui Hasegawa scored and assisted respectively, but Japan’s tactical prowess was also on display thanks to a goal from Hikaru Naomoto’s free kick.

2. Australia

Matildas stole the headlines on day one with the tournament’s biggest win to date, beating Indonesia 18-0. Eight Australians scored in the match and Sam Kerr broke the record again, as she became Australian football’s all-time leading scorer. Her five goals in the day at the office have surpassed the 50-goal mark once set by Tim Cahill with the Socceroos. A short mistake in the defense almost put the visitors in danger, but the back line still limited Indonesia with just one shot on target.

3. China

With a 4-0 win over Chinese Taipei, the Steel Roses are on the hunt for their first Asian Cup title since 2006 and their ninth overall, topping the AFC. Wang Shuang’s great performance could be the key to success. Shuang scored a brace, including a successful penalty in the third minute of the game. Zhang Xin and Wang Shuang joined the fun with each goal as China took an 18-3 lead.

4. Korea

The Koreans are having a great tour after a 3-0 victory over Vietnam. A goal from Chelsea star Ji So-yun and an own goal from Tran Thi Phuong Thao opened the scoring. The first goal – a timer off a rogue dummy – might have been one of the best of the night as she opened her 2022 Asian Cup campaign in style.

5. Philippines

With some US rookies and led by former Australia head coach Alen Stajčić, the Philippines team is seen as a heavy underdog, having missed 12 previous encounters with Thailand. But it was Chandler McDaniel in the 81st minute who helped create one of the biggest upsets of the tournament as the Philippines secured a stunning win over Thailand. McDaniel patiently dribbled past defenders and produced a shot from her distance that resulted in the Thailand keeper howling.

6. India

The home team held a goalless Iran draw. They had many better chances but ended up being lost because of a lack of finishing up front – 25 shots and just 5 on target. If they can convert their results against Chinese Taipei, India could find themselves in a better shape to advance into the final day of the group stage.

7. Iran

The debuting players won the first point at the Asian Cup after holding the Indian attack. A superb performance in the net by goalkeeper Zohreh Koudaei made things tasteless, but attack will need to be excellent if they are to progress through the group stage.

8. Thailand

Just finished in 4th place in 2018, Thailand lost to the Philippines. Thailand’s best chance came in the second minute when Miranda Nild’s shot went wide of the box. They will need to prepare everything in their next match against Indonesia before Australia knocks them out in the final match.

9. Vietnam

Tran Thi Phuong Thao made an injury insult in a difficult match against Korea. Vietnam struggled to cope with their pressure from the opening whistle and conceded a goal within the first five minutes. They will need to show more on Monday against Japan, the 2018 champions.

10. Chinese Taipei

Chinese Taipei sits at the bottom of Group A and is just outside the bottom of our standings after a 4-0 opening game defeat to China. The team was in immediate trouble as Pan Yen-Hsin fouled inside the box just after 90 seconds. An early Chinese penalty and a ninth-minute lead led to a final goal.

11. Myanmar

Myanmar got off to a nightmare start at the top of the table with a 5-0 defeat to defending Asian Cup champions Japan. The team struggled on both sides of the ball as they were unable to block and defend against the Japanese attack or create any offensive situations of their own. Zero efforts won’t set them apart from the group, and they have another big test against their Korean favorites.

12. Indonesia

Not much to say after the double-digit loss to Australia with 9 goals per half. They are struggling to hold back Matildas and will need a miraculous comeback to steal points against Thailand.

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James Brien

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