Hosts China draw Brazil 2-2 in four-nation women's soccer tournament

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-24 22:00:01|Editor: Liangyu
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YONGCHUAN, China, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- China rallied back from two goals down to draw with Brazil 2-2 in the last round of the International Women's Soccer Four-nation Tournament here on Tuesday.

China dominated the first 20 minutes with more shots than the opponents. Wang Shuang's two long range efforts, Song Duan's breakthrough from right bottom line and Lv Yueyun's volley, all cheered the 12,863 fans in the Yongchuan Sports Center.

The visitors won a penalty in the 31st minute, and Marta, five-time World Player of the Year, calmly hit it into the top corner for a 1-0 lead.

Three minutes later, Brazil made it 2-0 when the central forward Beatriz Zaneratto Joao beat the whole defensive line of the hosts with her dazzling footwork in the area. Though her last touch was blocked, the unmarked left winger Ariana Leal da Silva sent the rebound to the right bottom corner.

China responded well after the interval. In the 53rd minute, Wang Shuang's through pass from the right wing found Wang Shanshan who thrusted into the box and struck the ball to the far corner from the near post.

Only six minutes later, Wang Shanshan showed her acute sense of the goal when she dashed towards the Brazilian keeper Barbara Barbosa to steal the ball and send it to the empty net.

China almost overtook Brazil in the last minute. Right back Wu Haiyan delivered a long pass to find both Wang Shanshan and Wang Shuang in the area, but Wang Shuang's close-range shot hit the cross bar.

The draw was enough to gift Brazil the crown of the 7th edition of the tournament as the traditional powerhouse crushed Mexico 3-0 and beat DPR Korea 2-0 before.

DPR Korea finished second with two wins and one loss, followed by China with one win, one tie and one loss, and Mexico with three losses.