Football: Late Wang winner lifts China over Dutch

EDMONTON: Wang Lisi scored in the dying minutes to hand China their first win of the Women s World Cup on Thursday, a 1-0 victory over Group A rivals the Netherlands.


The tie in Edmonton s Commonwealth Stadium looked to be heading for stalemate when Wang broke through to roll the ball past Sari Van Veenendaal in the Dutch goal.

China had lost their opener against Canada 1-0 while the Netherlands beat New Zealand by the same scoreline.

China, Canada and the Netherlands now have three points, with the hosts taking on New Zealand later on Thursday in their second group fixture.

It was a deserved victory for 1999 runners-up China, who dominated play but had been unable to finish off until Wang s 91st minute goal.

Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema had looked like scoring midway through the first half after picking up a Manon Melis pass but hit wide.

China s Tang Jiali then had a chance after the break but she shot straight at Van Veenendaal who cleared.

But Wang made no mistake as she accelerated to latch onto a long ball after outfoxing the Dutch defence to fire home for a deserved winner.

In the final Group A games on Monday, Canada will play the Netherlands and China face New Zealand.

The top two teams in each group advance to the knock-out round along with the four best third-place finishers.