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China's women hockey lost to Australia to finish sixth

08-11-2012 01:35 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's women hockey, the runners-up in last Olympics, lost to Australia 0-2 on Friday, ranking sixth at the London Olympics.

China failed to take the advantage of a few chances in the first half, China's opening penalty corner was deflected wide by Ma Yibo and the second was capably dealt with by Australia goalkeeper Toni Cronk, after Wang Mengyu's shot was blocked and the rebound picked up by Lang Meiyu.

In the 25th minute Australia thought they had taken the lead through an Anna Flanagan drag flick, but the goal was ruled dangerous after an umpire video referral.

Australia were again denied a goal through an umpire video referral in the 39th minute, when Flanagan's high flick was deemed dangerous.

In the 41st minute, Australia were awarded a penalty stroke after Ma was penalized for deliberately playing the ball with the back of her stick.

Jodie Schulz flicked high to give Australia a 1-0 lead.

Australia doubled their lead in the 60th minute when Hope Munro broke free of the China defense and squared it for Jade Close to finish with a low, hard shot past goalkeeper Zhang Yimeng.

In the 69th minute, Australia called a team video referral and this time it was China who had their goal disallowed for dangerous play after Song Qingling deflected the ball high from Ma.

Australia's 2-0 win gave them a fifth place, two places above their world ranking, while China finish sixth, one place below their ranking.

Kim Sangryul, China's coach, credited Australia with a better command on taking chances.

"Today both teams played very nice and also created chances. Australia made (scored) their chances, but we didn't make ours. As a result we got beat today, but as a team we tried our best each game," said Kim.

Kim also took the blame in his game tactics arrangement for the loss and was unpleasant with the penalty allowed from Ma.

"I analyzed through this tournament how they (Australia) play, but maybe my strategy was not very good, that's why we gave them more chances. The problem was how our experienced player gave a penalty. Maybe her mentality was wrong. I don't know how she (Ma) has such incredible skills and gave them a penalty.

"It's not easy to beat Australia. Their pressure is very strong and their tackling is very strong," added he.

"Maybe three players will be retired (Ma Yibo, Fu Baorong and Gao Lihua). All these players didn't play (on the pitch at this tournament) because that was my mistake. They are too old. The best 11 will go to the next Olympics."

Chinese captain Ren Ye said: "As a team we tried our best for each game. We had a couple of games where we didn't play very well, but we did our best."

Australian coach Adam Commens gave applause to his players not only in this match and all through the tournament.

"We played very well. I thought in the first 10 minutes, China played with a very good intensity and determination, but we dominated the game for a long period of time," said Commens.

"However, they defended well at their penalty corners and on their goal-line so we had great difficulty in scoring. We knew that they were a dangerous team on the counter as we saw in the last 10 minutes of the game. I'm really pleased for our girls.

"We have only conceded two goals in the entire tournament, we've come fifth, we have drawn with the world No. 2 and beaten the world No. 3 and 5. We only lost to a very on-form New Zealand side that have shown they deserve their place in the semifinals."

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: Xinhua

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