China beats Russia 1-0 to top Group D
( 2003-09-29 14:29) (Agencies)
Bai Jie scored in the 16th minute as China beat Russia 1-0 Sunday night to claim first place in Group D Women's World Cup play.
China jumped out early when Bai got past Russia goalkeeper Alla Volkova, who ran helplessly behind.
Despite increased pressure in the second half, Russia had no luck against China goalkeeper Han Wenxia. Vera Stroukova came closest with a penalty kick that narrowly missed the goal.
Volkova made a critical save in the 77th minute when Bai charged at her alone and she unflinchingly blocked the shot.
Sun Wen missed an earlier opportunity for China when her first-half header caromed off the goalpost.
Sun led the tournament with seven goals in 1999, when the Americans beat the Chinese 5-4 on penalty kicks for the title at the Rose Bowl.
Russia (2-1) had clinched a spot in the quarterfinals with 3-0 win over Ghana on Thursday.
The game was played before an announced crowd of 19,132 at PGE Park, home of the Triple-A Portland Beavers baseball team, and the soccer's A-League Portland Timbers.
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