China nip 1-0 win over South Africa to keep hopes of World Cup last 16 alive

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-06-14 09:09
China's Li Ying (2nd R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Group B match between China and South Africa at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Paris, France, on June 13, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

In tonight's duel, Chinese playmaker Zhang Rui sliced the rivals' defending line on the right and curled in a perfect cross which found Li Ying who came up to a cool finish, beating South African captain Janine van Wyk to the ball to prod past a stranded keeper Kaylin Swart in the 40th minute.

The 26-year-old Li, a World Cup debutant, was selected as Visa Player of the Match.

Li said, "It doesn't matter if I score, the most important thing is winning as a team."

The first goal of China in France emerged in their domination from the very beginning.

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