Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

CHN V GBR ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

2 - 1

Match Review CHN - GBR 2-1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
CHN 41 8 FU Baorong PC 1 - 0
CHN 47 21 ZHAO Yudiao PC 2 - 0
GBR 69 5 CULLEN Crista PC 2 - 1


Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
1 MA Yibo
2 WANG Mengyu
5 MA Wei
6 SUN Sinan
7 CUI Qiuxia
8 FU Baorong 1
10 GAO Lihua
16 ZHANG Yimeng
17 LI Hongxia
18 REN Ye
21 ZHAO Yudiao 1
22 SONG Qingling
23 DE Jiaojiao
25 XU Xiaoxu
28 LIANG Meiyu
29 PENG Yang


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 IPARRAGUIRRE Soledad
Umpire 2 METCHETTE Carol
Reserve Umpire ESKINA Elena
Judge 1 RINALDINI Lorena
Judge 2 BUCKLEY Peri
Technical Officer ELLIS Janet

China’s penalty corner prowess saw them reignite their hopes of reaching the semi-finals as they stunned a packed house at the Riverbank Arena, eager to see Great Britain succeed. Their dreams turned to nightmares, though, in a five minute period when Fu Baorong and Yudiao Zhao finished off corner moves in the 42nd and 47th minute.

It lifts them to seven points and a win in their final group game could put the pressure on Great Britain to get a result against world number one side, the Netherlands. Christa Cullen’s late consolation goal could also prove valuable should the group go down to goal difference.

GB welcomed back their captain Kate Walsh just six days since suffering a broken jaw that required a plate inserted and played with a protective chinstrap. Her defence was not overly tested in the first half as both sides cancelled each other out. Helen Richardson created the first attack in earnest just before the half hour mark, bursting into the circle only to be fouled by a mixture of Ma Wei and Li Hongxia to win a corner.

Walsh’s first drag was charged down while a follow-up set-piece saw Zhang Yimeng produce a brilliant series of saves, twice from Christa Cullen and once from Laura Bartlett. But those proved the clearest chances – bar one Sally Walton slap-shot in the second half – as the defensive work of Ma Yibo and Xu Xiaoxu were immense to limit the chances, channeling most moves out to the corner flag. And when they finally emerged from their shell, they won the corners they needed to push ahead. Li Hongxia won the first which was switched left before Fu Baorong was credited with a heavily deflected effort in the 42nd minute.

Their third corner yielded a second goal as Ma Yibo placed her push to the right post where Yudiao Zhao slid home for a shock 2-0 lead. Try as GB might, they found entering the circle a virtual no-go zone until the 68th minute when Sarah Thomas was felled. Cullen’s powerful drag got one back but China took all the spoils.


  • Match 22
  • Date Sat, 4 Aug 2012
  • Time 16:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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