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Title: China 2 England 0
Post by: David on January 26, 2007, 09:05:55 AM
Full time score China won 2-0
Title: Re: China 2 Englnd 0
Post by: David on January 26, 2007, 09:52:30 AM
China two hot for Lions

Two first half goals gave the hosts China victory in the opening Four Nations Tournament match, but England can take heart from an encouraging display in Guangzhou.

Siobhan Chamberlain started in goal and Casey Stoney played at left back, whilst Jody Handley and Sue Smith also played in attack.

China set out to attack from the very start and they were rewarded in the fourth minute as England failed to clear a long ball into the area and Zhang Ying pounced on the loose ball to beat Chamberlain at her near post with a firm strike.

Han Duan had a goal disallowed for a foul when heading in a corner but England began to settle down after their initial setback although the powerful Han Duan saw a well struck shot blocked by Chamberlain.

England's first attempt on goal came midway through the first half as a Sue Smith free kick was not cleared by the Chinese defence and Alex Scott volleyed a shot wide. Kelly Smith then flashed a left footed effort inches over following some good work down the right by Karen Carney.

A free kick, awarded for a foul by Carney by Pu Wei, brought England's next chance as Kelly Smith floated her shot just over and Scott went even closer as she challenged a clearance from a Sue Smith corner, the ball looped goalwards but was headed off the line.

However, disaster struck on the stroke of half time as China won a corner on the left, where Pan Lina's cross was headed powerfully home by Han Duan for the second goal.

England began the second half with a huge task of getting back on terms, but there was a scare at the other end following a rare misjudgement from Mary Phillip let in Han Duan, but Casey Stoney did well to challenge and force her to shoot wide.

The pace of the game began to drop but England continued to compete well, without making too many attempts on goal. Sue Smith was looking very sharp on the left with Stoney also impressing in the left back position and a foul on Smith led to another near chance for England. Lianne Sanderson's inswinging free kick was not held by Zhang Yanru under pressure from Chapman and China scrambled the ball clear.

Emily Westwood almost gave England a deserved consolation with a 25-yard left foot strike which was inches over but it was the last kick of the game and victory for the home side.

Next up for England is the challenge of taking on USA in their second match on Sunday morning (8am kick off GMT).

England: Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Casey Stoney (Rachel Unitt 87), Katie Chapman, Anita Asante, Mary Phillip, Karen Carney (Lindsay Johnson 45), Fara Williams, Jody Handley (Lianne Sanderson 73), Kelly Smith (Emily Westwood 61), Sue Smith.

Title: Re: China 2 England 0
Post by: David on January 26, 2007, 12:35:57 PM
Report from China on the game -

GUANGZHOU - China beat England 2-0 at Four Nations women's soccer tournament here on Friday.
Chinese assistant coach Wang Haiming, who took place of ailing head coach Ma Liangxing during the tournament, brought on a new starting line-up with five young players.

England left their two major strikers: Arsenal's Rachel Yankey and Leeds United's Eniola Aluko on the bench.

Midfielder Zhang Ying put the hosts ahead on fifth minute with a sharp shot at the edge of the area. Han Duan doubled the advantage one minute from the interval when she headed home a cross at the far post.

England threatened China on the flanks. Right midfielder Karen Carney made some fine dribbling to carve open their opponent's defence.

England went close from a scrimmage inside the box in the 38th minute, only to find their efforts cleared by a defender timely from the goal line.

England pushed forward in the second half and piled on the pressure, but could not create any clear chance.

Liu Sa nearly added another for China five minutes before the final whistle when the young striker got a fine through pass from Liu Huana inside the area and rounded the keeper, but missed the empty net from small angle.

Title: Re: China 2 England 0
Post by: David on January 26, 2007, 12:38:36 PM
And another report on both games today -

UANGZHOU, China - Germany and the United States played a 0-0 draw, and China picked up a 2-0 victory over England on the first day of the Four Nations women's soccer tournament in southern China.

Friday's much-anticipated match between Germany - the world's No. 1-ranked team - and the No. 2 Americans lacked much offense. Both teams are playing in the five-day long tournament without a half dozen key stars, and the offensive punch was missing with few chances for either side.

The two will be among the favorites to meet in the World Cup final, which opens September 10 in China - the last major organizational test before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Several thousand cheering fans attended the games, dwarfed in the cavernous 80,000-seat Guangdong Olympic Stadium.

China, ranked No. 9, picked up two first-half goals from Zhang Ying and Han Duan to beat No. 12 England.

China, quicker and more athletic, controlled play with Zhang scoring in the fourth minute on a bouncing shot from 15 meters (yards) that got in behind England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.

Han, China's top forward, put the ball into the net in the 20th, but the play was called off on a foul. However, she threatened several times in the half and finally scored just seconds from the end, sending a header into the net off a corner from Shi Mengyu.

"We were very quick with our passes on the counterattack," said China assistant coach Wang Haiming, who handled the team in the absence of head coach Ma Liangyu. Ma missed the match with an illness.

"I think I am capable and confident of leading the team to good results while Mr. Ma is recovering." Wang said.

England coach Hope Powell said getting behind early hurt.

"I think at times we were very naive and conceding a goal very early set us back," she said.

The Germans and Americans had few chances in the first half, with American Lindsay Tarpley and Germany's Anja Mittag getting the best shots. Tarpley also made several key darting runs in the second half.

Germany had a few chances in the second half. In the 69th American goalkeeper Hope Solo saved Petra Wimbersky's shot from the right wing. Wimbersky also broke in alone in the 81st, but Solo snuffed out the chance.

The Americans, looking for a third striker, tried out several including Natasha Kai, Heather O'Reilly, Lauren Cheney and Tarpley.

American coach Greg Ryan kept his unbeaten sting alive. Since taking over almost two years ago, he is unbeaten in 32 games when they have been decided in regulation time. His only loss was on penalties last year against Germany.

Both teams have left a half dozen key players at home.

Germany is without star forward Birgit Prinz, a three-time FIFA world player of the year. Other missing players, likely to be starters in the World Cup, include: Kerstin Garefrekes, Renate Lingor, Steffi Jones and Sandra Minnert. The missing players are studying or nursing injuries.

The Americans are also without five keys players. Top forwards Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach, defender Christie Rampone and midfielder Aly Wagner all being rested. The other key absence is midfielder Shannon Boxx, who is recovering from knee surgery.

The tournament continues Sunday and Tuesday. On Sunday England faces the United States and China plays Germany. On Tuesday, it's the Americans vs. China and England against Germany.