China takes lead at Asian Games
06 Dec 2006 14:46
China took over the lead at the women’s hockey tournament at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar after a close victory over Korea on Wednesday. The 2006 Rabobank Champions Trophy finalist took a 1-0 win over the Korean team and is the only formation with a perfect 3-0 win/lose record. At the Asian Games, the finalists will be qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The win over Korea puts China in great shape of playing the final, scheduled for next Wednesday. After victories over Hong Kong and India, the match against the Korean formation was the first real test for the Asian Games favorite.
Both teams played a tactical strong match in which China was just stronger. Chinese captain Yibo Ma scored the only goal of the match when she put the 1-0 on the scoreboard out of a penalty corner just before halftime. Although Korea did everything it could, China didn’t give the lead away and finally won the clash 1-0.
Thanks to the third straight victory, China is in the driving seat for a place in the final, while Korea and Japan are the main contenders to meet the Chinese team in the gold medal match.
In other Wednesday women’s action, the match between Taipei and Hong Kong finished in a scoreless 0-0 draw. India defeated Malaysia 4-2. In the men’s hockey tournament at the Asian Games, Pakistan defeated Hong Kong 10-0, while the match between Malaysia and Japan finished in a 2-2 draw.
Action here in Doha, Qatar continues on Thursday with four matches in the men’s tournament scheduled. The women’s event resumes on Friday.
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