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Rabo FIH Champions Trophy (Women)

Amstelveen, Netherlands - June 25 - July 3, 2011
Local time is 11:49pm

China v Korea

Pool A

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
June 25th, 2011
1 Pool A 9:00am China CHN - KOR Korea 2 - 2 (0 - 0) Final    

Match Report

China late show denies Korea win in opener

China fought back from a 2-0 deficit to claim a share of the spoils against Korea in the first match of Day 1 here at the Rabo FIH Champions Trophy for Women in Amstelveen. A goal-less first half was followed by an entertaining second period which saw Korea net goals from Cheon Eun Bi and Kim Jong Hee before late penalty corner deflections from Zhao Yudiao and Mao Weilin ensured that China claimed a point.   

The first half was dominated largely by Korea who won a number of penalty corners, but a combination of excellent Chinese defending and some weak Korean routines ensured that the score remained goal-less.  

Although China made occasional sorties into the Korea territory, they were denied any clear sights on goal by a very well organized Korean defence being marshalled by Korea captain Park Seon Mi.

Korea had another chance to open the match scoring in the final minute of the half when they won their sixth penalty corner, won their sixth penalty corner with less than one minute remaining in the first half, but continued to look short of ideas as yet another set piece opportunity went begging.

Following a half-time re-evaluation, China looked a greatly improved side in the early stages of the second period by pressing their opponents deep into their own territory. Korea seemed happy to soak up the pressure and hit China on the counter-attack, a tactic which proved fruitful when a break forward fell to Cheon Eun Bi who received the ball in space before firing into the goal in the 41st minute.   

Eleven minutes later Korea moved into a 2-0 lead eleven minutes later when the lively Kim Okju showed great stick skills on the right to create space before spending a perfect pass to Kim Jong Hee who slid in to force the ball home from close range.

China won their very first penalty corner of the match in the 58th minute, but with drag flick star Ma Yibo not in the team for today’s match it seemed that they would be relying on variations. This paid dividends thanks to a neat deflection from 2010 FIH young Player of the Year Zhao Yudiao, who guided home a low flick from Sun Sinan.

Incredibly, China pulled themselves level with three minutes remaining, and again it came from a slick penalty corner routine with Sun Sinan this time picking out Mao Weilin to level the scores.

The final minutes were dominated by China, and when Zhao Yudiao won an overtime penalty corner it seemed that they would claim all the points. However, a miss-trap at the top of the circle denied them the opportunity to win the game, giving both teams one point from their first match in this tournament.  

Match Review

Review  1. China vs Korea 2-2 - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011
> China ended their 5-match losing streak in Champions Trophy competition and collected their first CT point since beating NZL 3-1 in 2010.
> Korea ended a 6-match losing streak in CT competition and collected their first CT point since drawing 2-2 with England in 2003.
> Korea and China have now drawn their last three encounters: in November 2010, China won the Asian Games beating Korea 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in the final after a scoreless match. Their 2010 Asian Games 1st round encounter ended 2-2.
> China came back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 with Korea. The last time China came back from 2 goals down to draw in a CT match was in December 2005 against Argentina (2-2), when Gao Lihua and Ma Yibo (PC) led China to a draw.
> Korea’s Cheon Eun-Bi scored the opening goal. It marked the first CT goal for Korea since 2005, when Park Mi-Hyun scored in the 5-1 defeat against Germany.
> China’s Zhao Yudiao scored her seventh CT career goal and her third from a penalty corner. Zhao Yudiao has now scored goals in each of the last four CT editions.
> Gao Lihua celebrated her 200th cap in this match. She is the most capped player in the China squad.

Match Preview

Head-to-Heads
> This is the first all-Asian Champions Trophy match since China drew 3-3 with Japan n 2008.
> This is the first Champions Trophy encounter between China and Korea since China beat Korea 1-0 in 2005; goal scored by Zhou Wanfeng.
> Last year, Korea beat China 2-1 at the 2010 World Cup. Goals by Zhao Yudiao (CHN), Park Mi-Hyun and Kim Young-Ran (KOR).
> In November 2010, China won the Asian Games beating Korea 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in the final after a scoreless match. Their 2010 Asian Games 1st round encounter ended 2-2.

China
> 2008 Olympic silver medallists China have failed to win a medal in major world level events since Beijing, finishing 5th at 2009 Sydney CT, 6th at 2010 Nottingham CT and 8th at the 2010 World Cup in Rosario.
> At last year's World Cup, China lost all four of their matches against teams participating at this year's CT: 0-3 vs New Zealand, 0-2 vs Argentina, 0-1 vs England and 1-2 vs Korea.
> Ma Yibo is China's top scorer in Champions Trophy competition on 18 goals (all from penalty corners).
> Only Argentina's Noel Barrionuevo has scored more penalty corner goals in CT competition (19).
> Ma Yibo can break the Chinese record for most Champions Trophy matches played. She is currently tied with Li Shuang (2001-2010) on 54 CT matches.
> Goa Lihua has collected more cards in CT competition than any other player (6 green and 3 yellow).
> China's Fu Baorong and Zhao Yudiao were selected for the 2010 FIH Women's All Star Team.
> China's coach Kim Sang-Ryul was appointed in June 2009. He is the former coach of the Korean men's and women's team. Kim led Korea's men's team to win silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and steered Korea's women's side to take silver at the 2002 Champions Challenge.

Korea
> Korea return to the Champions Trophy for the first time since 2005.
> Korea finished last (sixth) in their last three Champions Trophy participations (1999, 2003 and 2005).
> Korea have failed to win their last 10 Champions Trophy matches. Since beating England 2-1 in November 2003, they have recorded 1 draw and 9 defeats in CT competition.
> Korea (1989) and China (2002) are both former Champions Trophy winners.
> Korea are currently ranked eighth on the FIH Women's World Ranking, China are ranked fourth.
> 12 players of Korea's squad of 18 have no previous Champions Trophy experience.
> Park Mi-Young is the only squad member to have scored a Champion Trophy goal. She scored Korea's last CT goal in Korea's 5-1 defeat against Germany in the Final 5-6 in 2005.

All-Asian matches in Women's Champions Trophy
Year Phase Match
1991 Final Round China - Korea 0-1
2003 1st Round China - Korea 2-0
2005 1st Round China - Korea 1-0
2008 1st Round China - Japan 3-3


Penalty corner top scorers at Champions Trophy
PC Player Team FG PS Total goals
19 Noel Barrionuevo ARG     19
18 Ma Yibo CHN     18
13 Ageeth Boomgaardt NED 1 3 17
13 Maartje Paumen NED   2 15
ARG v ENG (Pool A)

POOL STANDINGS

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pool A
Argentina  ARG 3 2 1 0 4 7
Korea  KOR 3 0 3 0 0 3
England  ENG 3 0 2 1 -1 2
China  CHN 3 0 2 1 -3 2
Pool B
Netherlands  NED 3 2 1 0 4 7
New Zealand  NZL 3 1 1 1 0 4
Germany  GER 3 1 0 2 -1 3
Australia  AUS 3 1 0 2 -3 3
Pool C
Netherlands  NED 3 2 1 0 3 7
Korea  KOR 3 1 1 1 0 4
Argentina  ARG 3 1 1 1 0 4
New Zealand  NZL 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Pool D
England  ENG 3 2 1 0 2 7
Australia  AUS 3 1 1 1 0 4
Germany  GER 3 1 0 2 1 3
China  CHN 3 0 2 1 -3 2

MATCHES

Jul 3, 2011
GER Germany
China CHN
ENG England
Australia AUS
KOR Korea
New Zealand NZL
NED Netherlands
Argentina ARG
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