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

JPN V CHN ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

JPN
1 - 0
CHN

Match Review JPN - CHN 1-0

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
JPN 54 10 KOMAZAWA Rika PC 1 - 0

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
CHN 18 6 SUN Sinan G
CHN 26 23 DE Jiaojiao G

CHN

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

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 ESKINA Elena
Umpire 2 HUDSON Kelly
Reserve Umpire PRESENQUI Irene
Judge 1 MORROW Sheila
Judge 2 PETITJEAN Sylvie
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Rika Komazawa’s scrambled effort 16 minutes from time ultimately handed Great Britain the second semi-final berth from Pool A, ending China’s hopes of reaching the final four. It was the only goal of a tight-knit, arm-wrestle in which defence was on top as the thronged Riverbank Arena became Japan fans for a day, hoping they could do GB a favour.

In the first period, Kaori Fujio was Japan’s creative spark, twice firing in testers for Zhang Yimeng to deal with while Fu Baorong led the Chinese charge. She won the only corner of the half, one that Ma Yibo saw blocked by Sakiyo Asano. Similarly, she denied Jiaojiao De with just two seconds to go in the half to keep the game in the balance at the break.

The early impressions from the second half were that the tie would open up as Fujio won her side’s first corner inside 20 seconds of the restart while Zhao Yudiao drew another stop from Asano. But Japan slowly ground the Chinese down, camping in the 25 for long periods. And they finally got their reward from their third corner of the game. The initial shot took two ricochets before deceiving Zhang and Komazawa was waiting on the back post to score. The crowd erupted and they managed to play out the closing phases without too many scares.

The win lifts them temporarily to fourth in the table but they await the results from Belgium and Korea’s game to determine which playoff game they will play in. For China, they end the group third and play again on Friday for either fifth or sixth.

(Stephen Findlater)

  • Match 27
  • Date Mon, 6 Aug 2012
  • Time 13:45
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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