CHINA GO DOWN 2-0 TO GERMANY IN FIFA WOMEN'S UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
Last Updated: 2018-08-10
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SAINT-MALO, FRANCE, Aug 10 (NNN-XINHUA) -- China lost 0-2 against powerhouse Germany but maintains a chance of making it into the quarterfinals at the 2018 FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup here.

Germany are one of four sides to have qualified for every finals of the tournament, which they have won three times.

China's head coach, Pete Bonde, named the same starting 11 players as in their first group match against Haiti. China restrained their strong opponents quite well in the first half hour of the head-to-head meeting between two winning sides.

However, the three-time champions managed to find a way to go in front in the 31st minute, as Stefanie Sanders' cross picked out Giulia Gwinn, who fired a shot into the far corner of the goal.

Sanders, standing 1.78 metres tall, was a continuous threat to China's defence. After another Sanders shot was blocked by goalkeeper Xu Huan, resulting in a corner kick, Sanders' striking partner, Laura Freigang, directed her teammate's flighted delivery into the net in the 40th minute for the seond goal.

Captain Wang Linlin saw her curling shot going just beyond the crossbar in the 63rd minute, the most threatening attack from China after the interval, while Xu kept her goal intact through the second half.

After collecting a yellow card in the 72nd minute, China's starting forward Xie Qiwen will miss the final Group D match next Monday. Also in the group are Haiti and Nigeria. -- NNN-XINHUA