|June 28th, 2011|
|9||Pool A, Pool D||11:00am||ENG - CHN||0 - 0||Final|
Zhang penalty save denies England victory over China
China goalkeeper Zhang Yimeng saved a penalty stroke from Helen Richardson in the last ten minutes of the game to deny England victory in their final Pool A match here in Amstelveen. The match finished scoreless, with the penalty stroke being by far the biggest opportunity of breaking the deadlock in a match that contained limited goal-scoring opportunities.
Although disappointed not to win the game, England still have a chance to reach the medal round although they are now relying on Argentina to defeat Korea by two clear goals in their meeting later today. China are now unable to qualify for the medal rounds.
“I’ve only taken three penalty strokes in my 12 year career” said England captain Helen Richardson in the post match press conference. “I put it up in the high left corner but it was just a good save from the goal keeper.”
England made an excellent start to the early match here in Amstelveen. Laura Unsworth went close when she fired over the crossbar before a penalty corner chance went begging.
It was a very positive start for Danny Kerry’s team, a China were soon creating opportunities for themselves in the form of penalty corners. A powerful drag-flick from Wang Mengyu was confidently beaten away by England goalkeeper Beth Storry in what was probably the Asian side’s best chance of the first period.
There was very little between the two teams for most of the opening period, something that was perhaps expected from sides that are separated by just one place in the world rankings (China - 4th / England - 5th). The distinct lack of clear goal-scoring opportunities highlighted the cautious approach from both teams, but England almost found a way through in the dying moments of half when Alex Danson burst through and forced a save from Zhang.
The deadlock was almost broken five minutes from the break when England won a penalty corner courtesy of a smart referral to the video umpire, but the attempted deflection from Helen Richardson at the right post flew just wide of the target.
China had a glorious chance to open the scoring five minutes into the second half when midfielder Song Qingling sent a defence-splitting pass through to Zhao Yudiao, but Beth Storry came off her line to deny the 2010 FIH Young Player of the Year a certain goal.
The side from Asia dominating the early stages of the second half, but Storry and her defenders held firm and worked themselves back into the game before heavy rain started to fall on the Wagener Stadium.
The biggest moment of the match arrived with seven minutes remaining in what was an incredible passage of play. England’s Alex Danson showed skill and persistence to battle her way into the circle before eventually cracking a shot towards goal only for her goal-bound effort to hit the body of a China player. Umpire Elena Eskina immediately awarded a penalty stroke for the infringement, but Zhang moved to her right to deny the high flick from Richardson to ensure that the points were shared.
|Match Preview 9. England vs China (28 Jun 2011,11:00) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011|
> Last year, England beat China 2-1 at the 2010 Champions Trophy in Nottingham and 1-0 at the 2010 World Cup in Rosario.
> In 2009, China beat England twice at the Champions Trophy 4-1 in the 1st round and 7-0 in the Final 5-6, England’s biggest ever Champions Trophy defeat.
> England’s biggest win over China at a world level event came at the 1998 World Cup (3-0).
> The winners of this match qualify for Pool C, if Korea fail to beat Argentina (in Match 11 at 15:00).
> England, Korea and Australia are yet to score from penalty corners.
> England were awarded only one penalty corner so far this tournament.
> Rebecca Herbert (ENG), Zhao Yudiao (CHN) and Kim Da-Rae (KOR) are top of the goal scorer list after Matchday 2 on 2 goals each.
> Rebecca Herbert is England’s all-time Champions Trophy top scorer on 4 CT goals in 7 CT matches.
> The British record of 6 CT goals is held by Karen Brown, who played 16 CT matches.
> Crista Cullen was named in the FIH Women's All Star team in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
> All 3 of China’s goals at the 2011 Champions Trophy have come from penalty corners.
> China are now on 3 PC goals from 8 attempts at the 2011 Champions Trophy.
> China's Zhoa Yudiao has scored 2 PC goals for China, Mao Weilin converted one PC.
> China's Zhao Yudiao, Rebecca Herbert (ENG) and Kim Da-Rae (KOR) at the top of the goalscorer list on 2 goals each.
> China and Australia have conceded most goals after Matchday 2 at Amstelveen 2011 (6).
> Ma Yibo holds the Chinese record for most Champions Trophy matches played (55).
> Ma Yibo is also China’s all-time top scorer in Champions Trophy competition on 18 goals, all from penalty corners. The all-time record is 22 CT goals by Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (GER).
> Only Argentina’s Noel Barrionuevo (20) has scored more penalty corner goals in CT competition than Ma Yibo (18).
> Fu Barong was named in the FIH All Star Team in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.