De Jiaojiao scores game winning goal against Japan
Pool A – China 2-1 Japan
De Jiaojiao’s late 2-1 secure China’s first points in the FIH Argentina Champions Trophy held in Rosario while Japan suffered their second defeat in this competition and stay last in pool A.
China have won their last four competitive matches against Japan, winning 1-0 in the 2009 Asia Cup Semifinal, 1-0 in the 2009 East Asian Games and 3-1 in the 2010 Asian Games. In January 2012 China and Japan played a four matches test series where Japan achieved one win, one draw and suffered two defeats.
In Sunday’s first match of the Argentina FIH Champions Trophy China took the lead thanks to their world-class striker Zhao Yudiao (14’) who managed to tip in the ball after China penetrated the circle from the right. The goal was denied first but China asked for a video referral where it got adjusted. Japan were urgent to reclaim pride and equalized by a penalty corner goal. Rika Komazawa (21’) was the one who got the final touch. China failed to score afterwards when the Japanese goalkeeper Sakiyo Asano saved brilliantly by blocking a pass coming from Tang Chunling to Fu Baorong. The last time Japan were not trailing at half-time in a Champions Trophy encounter was four years ago, also in a match versus China (3-3).
The beginning of the second half saw China creating some opportunities but the Japanese defence did a good job and kept the Olympic silver medallists from scoring. Japanese striker Kaori Jujio failed to score on her 31st birthday when she penetrated the circle from the right but shot wide. China’s game-winning goal came by De Jiaojiao (61’) who managed to net the rebound after Asado has saved Ma Yibo’s penalty corner shot.
Match Review 5. China - Japan 2-1
> China picked up their first victory at Rosario 2012 beating Japan 2-1. In each of the last two CT editions (2010 and 2011), China won only 1 of 6 CT matches.
> China are now unbeaten in their last five CT encounters with Asian teams, since losing their first all-Asian encounter with Korea in 1991 (0-1).
> China have now won their last four competitive matches against Japan. They also won 1-0 in the 2009 Asia Cup Semifinal, 1-0 in the 2009 East Asian Games and 3-1 in the 2010 Asian Games.
> Japan suffered their 2nd defeat at Rosario 2012 and are now on a 4-match winless streak in CT competition since beating Netherlands 1-0 in 2008.
> China’s Zhao Yudiao scored her first CT goal since scoring a hat-trick in the 2011 Final 7-8 vs Germany. She is now on 12 CT goals in 26 CT matches. Only Ma Yibo (19) and Fu Baorong (15) have scored more CT goals for China.
> Rika Komazawa converted a PC and became the first Japanese goalscorer at the Champions Trophy since Kaori Fujio (née Chiba) netted twice in Japan's 3-3 draw vs China almost 4 years ago on 24 May 2008.
> Komazawa scored the first PC goal for Japan in CT competition since Rika Komazawa converted in the 2007 Final 5-6 vs Spain.
> De Jiaojiao converted 1 of China’s 3 penalty corners in this match, scoring her 1st goal in 14 CT matches.
> In terms of penalty corners China are now on 2 for 7 at Rosario 2012.
> Japan converted their only PC of the match and are now on 1 for 3 in the tournament.
> China’s Gao Lihua made her 50th Champions Trophy appearance. Only Ma Yibo (61), Fu Baorong (56) and Li Shuang (54) have played more CT matches for China.
Match Preview 5. China - Japan (January 29th, 12:30pm)
> The only previous Champions Trophy meeting between these teams came in 2008, when Japan saw China come back from behind three times to level the score (3-3).
> Goals in the 2008 CT encounter were scored by Toshie Tsukui (PS), Kaori Chiba (2) and Ren Ye, Zhou Wanfeng (PC) and Ma Yibo (PC).
> China have won their last three competitive matches against Japan, winning 1-0 in the 2009 Asia Cup Semifinal, 1-0 in the 2009 East Asian Games and 3-1 in the 2010 Asian Games.
> Japan’s last victory over China in competitive matches dates back to the 2007 Asia Cup Semifinal (2-1).
> China have taken on Asian teams five times before in CT competition winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 1.
> China are unbeaten in their last 4 CT encounters with Asian teams, since losing their first all-Asian encounter with Korea in 1991 (0-1).
> China converted 1 of 4 PC’s awarded (25%) in their opening match against The Netherlands.
> At last year’s CT in Amstelveen China converted 6 from 19 penalty corners (32%).
> China's all-time top scorer in CT competition Ma Yibo is on 19 CT career goals. All of Ma Yibo's Champions Trophy goals came from penalty corners.
> Ma Yibo is level with Alejandra Gulla (ARG) and Natascha Keller (GER) on the all-time top scorer table on 19 goals. Only four players have scored more CT goals: Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (22), Maartje Paumen (21), Jackie Pereira (21), Noel Barrionuevo (20) and Soledad Garcia (20).
> China’s Gao Lihua holds the record for most cards shown in Champions Trophy history. In 49 CT matches Gao received a total of 9 cards (3 yellow and 6 green). Argentina’s Luciana Aymar in on 8 cards (1yellow – 7 green).
> Japan are the only 2012 CT team that is still to qualify for the Olympic Games in London. Japan aim to win their ticket to the Olympics in an Olympic Qualifier in Kakamigahara, Japan from April 25 - May 6.
> Japan are ranked 9th on the FIH Worlds Ranking and are the lowest ranked team present at the 2012 Champions Trophy. From the top 9 ranked teams on the FIH Worlds Ranking, only Australia (7th) are not participating at Rosario 2012.
> Japan have participated twice before in CT competition finishing 5th in 2007 and 6th in 2008.
> Japan were promoted to the Champions Trophy by winning the 2011 Champions Challenge. Only 1 of 5 previous Champions Challenge winners managed to win a medal in the following CT tournament – Germany claimed silver in 2004.
> Japan lost their opening match 3-0 to Great Britain. It marked their first CT match in 4 years.
> Japan’s last two CT goals were scored by Kaori Fujio (née Chiba). She netted twice in Japan’s 3-3 draw vs China almost 4 years ago on 24 May 2008.
> Kaori Fujio celebrates her 31st birthday today.
> Japan are on 0 for 2 in terms of penalty corners awarded at Rosario 2012.
> At age 41, Japan’s Akemi Kato is the oldest player at the 2012 Champions Trophy. She is older than Korean coach Lim Jung-Woo (34) and Dutch coach Max Caldas (38) and is the same age as GB coach Danny Kerry (41).