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United States and England draw 1-1; Germany 0, China 0

United States and England draw 1-1; Germany 0, China 0

The United States drew 1-1 with England and defending World Cup champion Germany drew 0-0 with China on Sunday in the second round of matches in the Four Nations women's soccer tournament.
The Americans went ahead 1-0 on Heather O'Reilly's header in the 17th, but England equalized in the 47th on a strike by Alexandra Scott.
Germany's match was overshadowed hours earlier by an injury to its No. 1 goalkeeper, 35-year-old Silke Rottenberg. She twisted her left knee in practice Saturday, which could put her in doubt for the World Cup in 7 1/2 months in China. If the injury is serious, she could be out for six months.
She has played 123 times for Germany.
"We were totally shocked by the injury," Germany coach Silvia Neid said. "We think that she will be ready for the World Cup, and she has time to recover."
Stephanie Ullrich, the only other goalkeeper to make the trip to China, played the entire game against China _ her first game for the national team.
The No. 2 keeper for Germany is Nadine Angerer, who has not made the trip to China.
The Americans, ranked No. 2 in the world behind Germany, failed to outclass No. 12 England. Like Germany, the Americans have left about a half dozen key players home who might be starting later this year in the World Cup.
O'Reilly's goal _ her ninth for the United States _ came on a pass from Natasha Kai. Those two are among several candidates to fill a third striker spot behind Kristina Lilly and Abby Wambach. Their absence from southern China leaves many young players a chance to impress coach Greg Ryan.
Scott's equalizer for England came off a loose ball, with the right back driving it behind American keeper Briana Scurry. It was Scott's fifth goal for the national team.
England deserved to equalize, with Rachel Yankey, Eniola Aluko, Fara Williams and Kelly Smith continually troubling the American defense.
"To come away with a 1-1 is a good result for us," England coach Hope Powell said. "The USA is a very good side, and for us to equalize _ it's a good morale booster for us."
American coach Greg Ryan said England deserved the draw _ and maybe more.
"Our young players, they gave us everything they could today," he said. "But in fairness to them, I think England had the better of the game today."
The draw kept Ryan's unbeaten record alive since taking over the team almost two years ago. He's unbeaten in 33 games, when they were decided in regulation time. The lone blemish came on penalty kicks last year against Germany.
No. 1-ranked Germany had most of the chances in the 0-0 draw with No. 9 China.
Germany players Martina Muller, Conny Pohlers and Fatmire Bajramaj all had shots to win the game, but were stopped by China goalkeeper Han Wenxia.
Han made several sparkling saves, including a diving stop late in the match. They all drew wild cheers from about 20,000 fans, dwarfed in Guangdong's 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium.
"I was pleased with our game," Neid said. "The only thing I'm not happy about is the way they failed to finish our chances. We had three, four or five chances to score."
China, which defeated England on Friday 2-0, had a few shots in counterattack, but spent much of the game defending.
China's best chance probably came midway through the second half when Liu Sa rushed the area but crashed into Ullrich just before shooting.
"Germany is one of the best teams in the world, and we have narrowed the difference between them and us," assistant coach Wang Haiming said.
Wang is coaching the team in the absence of Ma Liangyu, who is missing from the tournament with what Chinese team officials say is a heart problem.
The tournament's final games are set for Tuesday with England playing Germany and China facing the United States.
This tournament is about experimenting.
Germany and the United States are trying out new faces. China, hoping to regain its international stature, has called in well-traveled German coach Eckhard Krautzun as a consultant.
Krautzun arrived a few days ago with a German trainer.


Updated : 2021-06-12 23:11 GMT+08:00