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Wuhan City: Zhang Huachen, Liu Ruofan and Duan Liuyu all netted hat-tricks as AFC U-16 Championship 2014 qualifying Group I hosts China crushed the Northern Mariana Islands 14-0 on Wednesday as both sides kicked-off their quest to reach next year’s finals in Thailand.

The floodgates opened with just four minutes at the Hankou Culture and Sports Stadium played when Zhang put China one up from the penalty spot and hit his second and China’s seventh after Duan (6th, 11th and 38th) , Nie Ming (16th) and Liu (29th) had all found the target.

But the first-half scoring didn’t stop there with Liu making it 8-0 two minutes into first-half stoppage time before becoming the second Chinese player after Duan to hit a hat-trick when he scored number nine in the 58th minute.

Gong Chunjie took China into double figures in the 61st minute and after Zhou Shengzhi got his name on the score sheet three minutes later Zhang completed his treble in the 69th minute.

Zhou made way for fellow midfielder Lin Zefeng in the 73rd minute and just four minutes after entering the fray Lin got himself amongst the goal scorers before another substitute Xie Zhiwei, who replaced hat-trick hero Duan on the hour mark, sealed the victory with eight minutes remaining.