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Thailand looked the more accomplished side at times, putting together several good passing combinations though opposition goalkeeper Tsai Ming-Jung was untroubled for long periods.

Tsai Ming-Jung proved herself to be a capable shotstopper, saving her side on several occasions, although she looked susceptible with high balls.

After Ting Chi smartly turned home a misplaced shot from Wang Hsiang-Huei for the opener, forward Chen Yen-Ping spurned a golden opportunity to double the lead on the half-hour mark, failing to hit the target with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Thailand’s best openings came seconds prior to halftime with Taneekarn Dangda seeing her glancing header blocked by an unsighted Ming-Jung before the goalkeeper made a superb diving save from a Silawan Intamee effort just moments later.

Thailand pressed for much of the second half but cohesion in attack largely remained lacking, and they managed few shots on target, aside from some notable long-range efforts from the boot of Ainon Phancha.

Australia will take on Thailand on Monday before a meeting against China on Wednesday next week in a match that is likely to decide the group winner.

The top two teams in the group will meet South Korea, Vietnam or Myanmar in home and away play-offs next month for two spots at Tokyo. North Korea withdrew from the final rounds of qualifying.

South Korea began their campaign in Group A with a 7-0 victory over Myanmar.

Australia narrowly missed the semi-finals at the Rio Olympics four years ago, suffering a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out loss to  host nation Brazil.

Japan have secured their Olympic spot as hosts and are not competing in Asian qualifying.