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FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2018

China PR

Haiti v China PR: Group D - FIFA U-20 Women's  World Cup France 2018 - China PR pose for a team photo
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FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
China PR, under Hesterine de Reus, sealed their return to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France having missed the past edition at Papua New Guinea 2016. France 2018 marks the country’s sixth appearance in the global showpiece. The world’s most populous nation made an early impression on the world stage when they reached the final of both Thailand 2004 and Russia 2006. They have, however, made little impact since then, failing to progress beyond the group phase in all of their more recent appearances.

The road to France
AFC U-19 Championship hosts China defeated Uzbekistan and Thailand by identical 2-0 scorelines to win through to the knockout stage, despite a 2-0 defeat against reigning world champions Korea DPR in the closing group match. A 5-0 loss to Japan in the semi-final encounter left their campaign in jeopardy, but the home team bounced back to defeat Australia 3-0 in the all-important third-place play-off to secure qualification to France 2018.

The coach
Succeeding former Dutch international Hesterine de Reus in February 2018, Peter Bonde is the second foreign coach to take charge of China PR’s U-20 women’s team. He brings plenty of experience to the role, having enjoyed a lengthy playing career in his native Denmark with Naestved BK, B 1901, Herfolge BK and Lyngby BK. Bonde’s coaching career started before he hung up his boots in 1995 and included stints in his homeland with Naestved BK and Nykobing FC. In 2005, he moved into the international game when he was appointed as coach of Denmark’s senior women’s team for a brief spell before serving as an assistant coach in the Danish men’s national team from 2006 to 2016.

The stat
7 - The number of goals China conceded in five games during their qualifying campaign.