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Four Nations starts in China; English ladies beaten by hosts

Four Nations starts in China; English ladies beaten by hosts

Germany and the U.S. 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.
Yesterday'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 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 final at the World Cup, 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.
"It was a difficult game for our young players to play, playing against Germany," American coach Greg Ryan said.
"We defended very well, but we have to take care of the ball and be calm about keeping possession."
Germany coach Silvia Neid echoed Ryan.
"Both of us have very young teams here. We have to learn calm down," Neid said.
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 that got in behind England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.
Han, China's top forward, netted in the 20th but was called back for a foul. 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.


Updated : 2021-06-19 03:18 GMT+08:00