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Wang Lisi 90+1
China named two changes from their defeat against Canada with Tan Jiali and Han Peng replacing Li Ying and Gu Yasha. Netherlands also made two, replacing their goalkeeper Loes Geurts with Sari van Veenendaal and Anouk Dekker coming in for Tessel Middag.
China created the game’s first chance, with Wang Shanshan passing to Tang Jiali who cleverly turned her marker, before curling over. Then great play from Wang Lisi saw her pick out Tang Jiali in the b0x, but her shot was deflected behind. Wang Lisi then picked out Tang Jiali from her corner, but Tang’s headed into the ground and on the bounce van Veenendaal caught the ball.
Tang Jiali had another missed opportunity, this time her shot taking a deflection off Vivianne Miedema’s outstretched boot.
Netherlands gave China a warning sign when Miedema broke into the box, and her shot went narrowly wide of the right post.
Then wonderful play down the left saw Han Peng twist and turn before shooting, but van Veenendaal tipped the ball over the bar. Then Hang Peng picked out Ren Guixin whose header was saved low down.
Somehow, with 69% of the possession in the first half, China went in at half-time with the game goalless.
They created a chance early in the second half when Wang Shanshan turned in the box before shooting over with her left foot. Then Tan Ruyin’s delightful ball picked out Tang Jiali, whose close-range shot was well saved.
Netherlands reminded China of the threat of Maron Meli whose powerful shot was saved well low down by Wang Fei.
But China kept on coming, and once again Tang Jiali wasted another chance – this time after clever close control in the box, her shot smashed off the crossbar and away.
In the final fifteen minutes, the Dutch created a couple of glorious chances. Lieke Martens played Miedema down the left, and she picked out Danielle van de Donk with a wonderful cross, but her volley was well saved by Wang Fei. And then delightful skill saw Martens make room for herself in the box before firing the ball across goal, but the keeper caught the ball low down.
Superb passing from China cut open the Dutch defence, and Tang Jiali set up Ma Jun with an open goal, but somehow she skied her shot well over.
But finally China scored. Ma Jun played a wonderful ball over the defence and into the box, van Veenendaal hesitates as she comes for it which allowed Wang Lisi to prod it past her and secure China with a vital victory. Despite the result, both teams’ qualification fate remains in their own hands – but New Zealand will have to beat the hosts Canada.
Woman of the Match:
Han Peng – China
China: Wang Fei, Wu Haiyan, Zhao Rong, Li Dongna, Liu Shanshan, Tan Ruyin, Ren Guixin (Ma Jun 71), Wang Lisi, Tang Jiali (Lou Jiahu 86), Han Peng, Wang Shanshan (Wang Shuang 57).
Goal: Wang Lisi 90+1
New Zealand: Sari van Veenendaal, Desiree van Lunteren, Stefanie van der Gragt, Mandy van den Berg, Petra Hogewoning (Merel van Dongen 59), Tessel Middag (Anouk Dekker 70), Danielle van de Donk, Sherida Spitse, Manon Meli, Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens.