|July 27th, 2013|
|2||Pool B||9:30am||RSA - CHN||3 - 3 (0 - 2)||Final|
Thanks to a last-minute goal from Quanita Bobbs, South Africa secured one point when drawing 3-3 with China in Pool B. Earlier, China had given away a 2-0 and a 3-1 lead.
Although the South Africans have five players with senior experience in their team, the young Chinese girls were the dominant side in the first half. China won two penalty corners early in the match but failed to score from either of them. Their biggest scoring opportunity came in the 23rd minute when Liu Yuyue’s attempt hit the post. However, Sun Jing eventually took the lead for China a few seconds later.
South Africa created a promising scoring opportunity towards the end of the first half when Jacinta Jubb won her team’s first penalty corner. The flick was taken well but China’s goalkeeper Ye Jiao saved the ball with her glove.
Three minutes before the halftime whistle Lui Meng performed very well in the South African circle defeating several defenders and eventually goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande to double the Chinese lead.
Pushed forward by their fans, South Africa had a powerful start into the second half with team captain Izelle Lategan getting her team on the scoreboard. Shotly after, the African champions were close to equalising but the Chinese defence stood strong. Suddenly, it was China scoring against the run of play. Zhang Jinrong converted a penalty corner in the 51st minute to secure a convincing 3-1 lead.
However, South Africa struck back again when Suléke Brand scored from a penalty corner variation. The equaliser came from another penalty corner awarded in the last minute of the match. Bobbs, one of the five players with senior experience, smashed the ball into the goal with the final whistle.
Voices after the match:
Lindsey Wright, Coach South Africa:
"This is the first major competition for my team. We are a real fighting team. We came from a goal down, the girls showed very good spirit today, and I'm very proud of them. Everbody's hockey career should have a moment in this stadium, because it has a lovely atmosphere."
Xu Dong Guo, Coach China:
"Most of our players are under 18, so they have little experience, especially in international matches, so we are learning. We think we can do better."
|July 27th, 2013 at 2:31 am||Match 2 South Africa v China is underway on Pitch 1 here in Mönchengladbach|
|July 27th, 2013 at 2:45 am||No goals at RSA v CHN so far. China failed to score from two penalty corners. 21 minutes left in the 1st half..|
|July 27th, 2013 at 2:58 am||23rd minute: China take the lead thanks to a goal from Sun Jing. RSA 0 - 1 CHN|
|July 27th, 2013 at 3:05 am||RSA won their 1st PC with 6 minutes remaining on the clock but the flick was saved by CHN goalkeeper Ye Jiao RSA 0-1 CHN|
|July 27th, 2013 at 3:07 am||32nd minute: Lui Meng doubles China's lead just before halftime RSA 0-2 CHN|
|July 27th, 2013 at 3:08 am||Halftime on Pitch 1: China lead South Africa 2-0|
|July 27th, 2013 at 3:20 am||The second half has started RSA 0 - 2 CHN|
|July 27th, 2013 at 3:26 am||South Africa fight back! Izelle Lategan scores with 29 minutes remaining on the clock. RSA 1 - 2 CHN|
|July 27th, 2013 at 3:37 am||50th minute: China extend their lead to 3-1 thanks to a penalty corner goal from Zhang Jinrong. RSA 1 - 3 CHN|
|July 27th, 2013 at 3:42 am||Suléke Brand converts a penalty corner for South Africa with 14 minutes remaining in the match. RSA 2 - 3 CHN|
|July 27th, 2013 at 3:59 am||Unbelievable!!! Quanita Bobbs scores from a penalty corner in the last minute to secure one point for South Africa. RSA 3 - 3 CHN|