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China beats Australia for AFC cup

China beats Australia for AFC cup

China came from behind to beat Australia on penalties and win its eighth AFC women's Asian Cup in the final here yesterday.
The Chinese pulled back from 0-2 down at halftime to equalize with goals through Han Duan (68th minute) and Ma Xiaoxu (73rd minute) to take the final to extra time.
China replaced goalkeepers with Zhang Yanru coming off the substitutes' bench at the end of extra time to displace starting goalkeeper Han Wenxia.
The substitution proved decisive with Zhang saving two penalties from Australians Collette McCallum and Joanne Peters while China converted all its attempts to win 4-2 on penalties.
Australia won the last penalty shoot-out between the two countries, 5-4 in Shanghai in 2000. The victory marked China's return to success after losing in the semifinals and final in the 2001 and 2003 championships to North Korea. Otherwise the Chinese had won every championship from 1986 to 1999.
Australian coach Tom Sermanni said Zhang had been the winning difference.
"She's a big girl, she filled up half the goal, and I think it's one of those things where you bring on somebody fresh, you don't know if it's going to work or not, and it did," Sermanni said. "Her save off Jo Peters was an outstanding save."
Australia, playing in its first Asian Cup final since joining the Asian confederation on January 1, looked on target to win the tournament with first-half goals through when Caitlin Munoz (29th minute) and Peters (33rd minute).
China - as hosts and finalists - and Australia had already booked their berths in next year's FIFA World Cup.
North Korea will join them them after beating Japan 3-2 in the playoff for third place earlier Sunday, despite missing three players banned for violent conduct following a semifinal loss to China.
Before the Japan match, North Korea had demanded a rematch with China, blaming its 1-0 loss on unfair refereeing.
TV images showed North Korean players arguing with a referee after a potential equalizer against the Chinese was disallowed in injury time for an offside infringement.
North Koreans threw bottles and other objects at the officials, and goalkeeper Han Hye Yong kicked the Italian referee, Ann de Toni, from behind.
Han, along with two other players, were suspended from the third-place match and faced further sanctions when the Asian Football Confederation disciplinary committee next meets.
North Korean officials sent a protest letter to the AFC, saying its loss to China resulted from "the deliberate and undisguised partial refereeing," the North's state media reported late Saturday.
"All facts prove that the Italian referee and the Australian linesman, prompted by a vicious aim to make the (North) Korean team fail at any cost, resorted to premeditated and deliberate partial refereeing," said the letter carried by the Korean Central News Agency.
And despite yesterday's win, North Korea coach Kim Kwang Min said his players remained disappointed with the loss to China because they wanted to claim the Asian Cup title for the third consecutive time.
"I'm not happy at all about today, I'm not satisfied," Kim was quoted saying by the Australian Associated Press. "Even though the players won the game they were not happy at all because they wanted to be the champions, that's why they were crying."


Updated : 2021-10-22 02:18 GMT+08:00