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South Africa v China PR Live Commentary, 13/06/2019

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Li Ying (40)
Parc des Princes


That will do it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between South Africa and China! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
The last day of play for Group B will sure be a fascinating one! Germany, like hosts and Group A leaders France, have already secured a place in the last 16 but Spain and China could both yet top the group. If the latter are to claim top spot, they will need to beat Spain on Monday and hope for help from today's opponents who would need to beat Germany. South Africa will certainly try to do so as it would give them a glimmer of hope to make it out of the group stage, but their performance would have to be far better than what we saw today.
China weren't at their best for most of the second half, but did enough in the first to ensure the win today. After several chances in the opening 45 minutes, Li Ying finally managed to open the scoring for China (40') with what was the 50th goal at this Women's World Cup. Then, despite struggling for possession, the Steel Roses were able to rely on their defence to protect the lead as they have done 14 of 15 times in similar situations in this tournament. South Africa put on another valiant effort, especially in the second half, but leave the match with just one shot on target and still no points to their name. On the whole, China were the better side at each level of the pitch and emerge as deserved winners.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: South Africa 0-1 China
90' + 2' South Africa win a throw in China's half. Can they make one last push forward?
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
90' SAVE! Yang Li was found one-on-one with the keeper, took a touch, and then attempted a right-footed shot that Swart did well to block away! The goalkeeper is keeping her side in this with all of her might!
87' China have managed to recompose themselves in the final minutes and now look likely to hold on for the 1-0 win.
85' SAVE! Han gets her head to a cross from close range, but Swart was able to parry it behind for a Chinese corner!
N. Matlou
Yellow Card
South Africa
83' Matlou comes from behind and clips both Lou and Yang, and the defender is shown yellow for her troubles.
L. Motlhalo
R. Jane
South Africa
82' Jane is taken off for Motlhalo for South Africa.
Yang Li
Wang Yan
China PR
81' Striker Yang Li enters the fray with Wang Yan the player sacrificed.
80' 10 minutes left to play! Can China hold on, or will South Africa be able to find a goal and earn their first ever point at the Women's World Cup? We'll find out together!
Yao Wei
Li Ying
China PR
78' Another change from China as the goalscorer, Li Ying, makes way for Yao Wei.
76' Ramalepe goes on a surging run to the byline and crosses the ball into Kgatlana who can't apply the finish.
74' Play stalls a bit as neither side seem able to string consecutive passes together at the moment.
L. Smeda
S. Holweni
South Africa
72' Holweni, who we just praised, is now taken off in favour of Smeda.
70' Matlou wins a free-kick after a foul from Lou.
69' Holweni takes the ball away from Zhang with a fantastic sliding challenge. The former has done a fantastic job in place of the suspended Vilakazi, it must be said.
67' Despite lagging a bit at the moment, China are still likely confident of holding their lead considering they have never lost a World Cup match in which they scored the opening goal (W14, D1).
Lou Jiahui
Gu Yasha
China PR
65' China make a change as Gu is replaced by Lou.
65' Can South Africa take advantage of their momentum and find a goal soon?
63' Biyana tries her luck with a right-footed shot from distance and, despite the strike having a fair bit of motion, Peng manages to control it.
J. Seoposenwe
O. Fulutudilu
South Africa
60' South Africa make their first switch as Seoposenwe replaces Fulutudilu in attack.
60' Wang Shuang is found with a lofted ball down the right wing where she attempts a cross to Wang Shanshan that's overhit and bounces away from the forward.
58' Lin Yuping puts the ball behind for a South African corner.
56' CHANCE! Matlou rises above everyone in the penalty area and heads the ball... just left of goal! The South African players are shouting for a corner, but the referee denies the appeals.
54' Since half-time, South Africa have had 54.7 per cent of the ball.
52' South Africa starting to push up the wings more now as the momentum starts to swing their way.
50' Kgatlana breaks through the midfield with pace and Liu Shanshan did well to clip the ball away just outside the penalty area with the former stumbling to the ground.
49' Li Ying goes through the back of van Wyk and the foul is called.
48' South Africa are already playing forward a bit more since the break.
46' The whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
It will certainly be interesting to see how these sides set up in the second half. China will likely want to keep the status quo considering how play has gone, but may consider removing some of their players who are carrying yellow cards to avoid any suspensions. As for South Africa, they may need to make a change in attack or midfield sooner rather than later to avoid falling any further behind in this match.
China dictated play for most of the first half and enter the break with a deserved 1-0 lead. They continued to move things around to try and find a way through the South African defence , finally doing so in the 40th minute with a left-footed effort from Li Ying. It looked as though China had doubled their lead just a couple of minutes later from the head of Wang Shanshan, but it failed to entirely cross the line and the goal was not given. Thanks to that, South Africa head into the dressing room down just the one goal, and despite having failed to register a shot on target, will certainly hope to snatch one back in the second half.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: South Africa 0-1 China
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
42' CHANCE! China think they have scored another off of a header from Wang Shanshan that hits the underside of the crossbar and the line, but the referee doesn't think it's gone over and play continues!
Zhang Rui
China PR
40' Zhang dribbled into the right channel, held the ball, and then picked out a perfect cross to Li Ying who managed to get a foot to it despite being on her way to the floor!
Li Ying
China PR
40' GOOALLLLLL!!!! China open the scoring! Li Ying, who was falling, whips her left leg at the cross sent in by Zhang and the former manages to squeeze it past a flailing Swart! That's not the easiest opportunity that the Chinese have had today, but it is the one that finds the back of the net! South Africa 0-1 China
37' China continue to move their attacking players around with Wang Shuang now playing on the left. She tries to play Liu Shanshan on the overlap but overhits the pass and it rolls out for a South Africa throw.
34' CHANCE! Gu launches down the left wing, cuts inside loses the first defender and van Wyk falls down! It's a clear goalscoring opportunity... and Gu failed to even get it on target. Poor finish from a great spot in the penalty area.
32' Wang Shuang tries a curling effort from outside the box that was always rising and it will be a goal-kick to South Africa.
31' CHANCE! Kgatlana blazes past the back line of China, has a one-on-one with the 'keeper from an acute angle... and gets the finish all wrong! She tried to stab at it with her right foot, but skewed it wide of goal.
30' Biyana does well to usher Zhang out of play, but it goes out for China's third corner of the match.
28' Zhang fouls Ramalepe in her own half, and it will be a free-kick to South Africa.
25' Now a long ball is played up the middle to Fulutudilu that carries just a touch too much and allows Peng to get there first.
23' Kgatlana launches a counter-attack, dribbles the ball into the box, lays it off for a team-mate and... the pass lacks the pace required and is cut out by Lin. Better from South Africa though.
21' CHANCE! Li Ying rises in the centre of the box ant tries to head the ball on target, but fails to do so with her effort drifting right of goal. She'll wish she had that to do over again!
18' Almost the entire game has been played in South Africa's half, but the latter aren't being left too far behind in possession having held onto the ball for 45.2 per cent of the match thus far.
16' South Africa press forward for the first time today and loft a ball forward that... carries too far and is collected by the Chinese defence.
13' A ball is lofted to Liu Shanshan on the left wing, but it's knocked away by Ramalepe for a China throw.
11' After a brief application of an ice pack, it looks like Biyana will be able to continue.
10' Biyana is hit in the face with a ball and goes to the ground as the medical staff comes onto the pitch.
9' Zhang dribbles down the right wing, muscles off Makhabane, and wins another corner for China.
7' SAVE! Swart comes for a corner and punches the ball away right before it hit the forehead of a leaping Wang Shanshan! Well done by the South African goalkeeper.
5' Mbane is dropping into the back line to help soak up the pressure that China are applying in the early stages.
4' China almost get another chance as a cross was sent in from the left that Li Ying just couldn't get a foot to, and it's picked up by Swart.
2' An early move forward from China through Liu Shanshan who whipped a ball into the box that was cut out before it could be controlled by Li Ying.
1' Referee Katalin Kulcsar blows her whistle, and this match is underway!
The teams are on the field as the national anthems ring around the Parc des Princes. Not long to go now!
China make three changes as well following their loss to Germany. Lou, Yang, and Yao all find themselves on the bench, replaced by Wang Shuang, Wang Yan, and Li Ying. The latter is the biggest goal threat for the Steel Roses, with the forward recording seven goals during the AFC Women’s Cup, leading her nation. Also of note is the fact that four players (Wang Shuang, Wang Shanshan, Yang Li, and Liu Shanshan) are sitting on yellow cards for China, and will need to be careful today or else risk missing the final group game against Spain.
China substitutes: Liu Yanqiu, Li Jiayue, Li Wen, Lou Jiahui, Tan Ruyin, Song Duan, Wang Ying, Yao Wei, Luo Guiping, Yang Li, Xu Huan, Bi Xiaolin.
China (5-3-2): Peng Shimeng; Wang Yan, Lin Yuping, Han Peng, Wu Haiyan, Liu Shanshan; Wang Shuang, Zhang Rui, Gu Yasha; Li Ying,
Three changes from coach Desiree Ellis after the Spain match. Mbane, Makhabane, and Holweni come into the starting XI while Mthandi, Motlhalo, and Vilakazi all miss out. The latter fails to even make the bench though, as she was shown a red card against Spain and is suspended for this match. This could weaken an already struggling defence, but South Africa will not go down without a fight knowing that they basically need to win this match or depart their first ever Women’s World Cup in the group stage.
South Africa substitutes: Rhoda Mulaudzi, Linda Motlhalo, Amanda Mthandi, Tiisetso Makhubela, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Mapaseka Mpuru, Andile Dlamini, Leandra Smeda, Bongeka Gamede, Busiswe Ndimeni, Karabo Dhlamini.
South Africa (4-5-1): Kaylin Swart; Lebohang Ramalepe, Janine van Wyk, Noko Matlou, Sibulele Holweni; Thembi Kgatlana, Mamello Makhabane, Bambanani Mbane, Kholosa Biyana, Refiloe Jane; Ode Fulutudilu.
Now, let’s take a look at how these nations will be setting up today!
China lost their World Cup opener as well, a 1-0 loss to Germany, but will be feeling confident heading into this match seeing as they have beaten South Africa all four times they have played.
South Africa come into this match in poor form, having lost their last three matches in all competitions including their disappointing 3-1 loss to Spain to open this tournament. Over that stretch, Banyana Banyana have conceded a disappointing 13 goals.
Hello, and welcome to our live commentary of this Women's World Cup match between South Africa and China!