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Wang Shanshan 12
China named the same starting eleven that had drawn with New Zealand. However, they had a new coach in the dugout, due to the one-game suspension Head Coach Hao Wei had picked up for interfering with play against New Zealand. So instead, his assistant Chang Weiwei was in charge.
Cameroon named two changes from their win over Switzerland, with Yvonne Leuko and Madeleine Ngono Mani replacing Ajara Nchout and Augustine Ejangue.
Cameroon had a series of half-chances early on, with Madeleine Ngono Mani shooting over, Francine Zouga’s long-range effort saved and Gaelle Enganamouit shooting wide.
Despite this early pressure, it was China who took the lead with their first corner of the game. Wang Lisi’s delivery reached the far post, where Li Dongna controlled the ball and picked out Wang Shanshan who volleyed past the despairing dive of Annette Ngo Ndom.
Cameroon could have equalised soon after when Ngono Mani headed over from a Zouga corner. They came even closer from a 30-yard free-kick. Enganamouit’s shot deflected off the wall and into the box where Gabrielle Onguene blasted the ball into the side-netting.
The African side’s last chance of the first half came when Christine Manie’s free-kick was cleared to Claudine Meffometou Tcheno, but her driven shot was too close to Wang Fei to cause the keeper any problems.
China should have made it 2-0 early in the second half. Han Peng picked out Wang Lisi at the far post, but her first-time shot went wide, although she may have been distracted by Aurelle Awona’s challenge.
They had another glorious chance to extend their lead. Han Peng played Wang Shanshang behind the Cameroon defence, and with Ngo Ndom closing the angles, the striker shot wide of the far post.
But slowly, Cameroon regained their foothold and China nearly handed them an equaliser. Onguene’s dinked ball was punched onto the crossbar by Wang Fei, under pressure from Enganamouit. Then Onguene picked out Ajara Nchout, but her volley was directed straight at the keeper.
China still looked likely to score a second. Inside the box, Lou Jiahui tried to lob the keeper, only to be denied by Ngo Ndom’s incredible diving save to tip the ball around the post.
In the final stages, Enganamouit looked to have picked out Henriette Akaba, but at the last moment, she somehow missed the ball with her attempt on goal. Then Onguene’s delightful cross picked out Akaba, but her glanced header bounced just wide of the far post.
Ren Guixin – China
China: (4-2-3-1) Wang Fei, Wu Haiyan (c), Zhao Rong, Li Dongna, Liu Shanshan, Tan Ruyin, Ren Guixin, Wang Lisi (Lou Jiahui 72), Tang Jiali (Wang Shuang 40), Han Peng, Wang Shanshan (Gu Yasha 90+1).
Goal: Wang Shanshan 12.
Cameroon: (4-2-3-1) Annette Ngo Ndom, Claudine Meffometou Tcheno, Christine Manie (c), Aurelle Awona, Yvonne Leuko, Jeannette Yango, Raissa Feudjio, Gabrielle Onguene, Francine Zouga (Ajara Nchout 64), Gaelle Enganamouit, Madeleine Ngono Mani (Henriette Akaba 74).
Booked: Claudine Meffometou Tcheno 90+3.
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