A lone strike from China’s Li Ying proved enough to give the Asian team a 1-0 win over South Africa in Paris earlier on Friday (IST). China’s win has also ensured that hosts France and Germany proceed to the final 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.
It is to be noted here that China’s goal scorer Li Ying did not feature in the previous match in which China had to face defeat against the Germans in Group B. After China’s initial goal they were pretty close to doubling their lead when Wang Shanshan’s header hit the underside of the bar and bounced down but did not cross the line.
China were clearly better on the day and deserved the win while South African side lacked quality and more importantly discipline which cost them the important game.
“This victory belongs to all the players, they deserve it. There will be more battles to come and I hope we can last as long as possible in this tournament,” said Jia Xiuquan, addressing the media, post the match.
However, South Africa should dust themselves off and focus on what lies ahead of them despite the result. Considering the fact that this is South Africa’s World Cup debut, they can only improve from here.
South Africa play Germany on 17 June, Monday, while China meet Spain on the same day in FIFA Women’s World Cup ahead.