China nip 1-0 win over South Africa to keep hopes of World Cup last 16 alive

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-06-14 09:09
Players of China celebrate victory after the Group B match between China and South Africa at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Paris, France, on June 13, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

PARIS - Forward Li Ying's first-half volley saved China from the brink of exit as the 1999 runners-up claimed their first win here on Thursday against FIFA Women's World Cup debutants South Africa.

With the 1-0 victory, China extends the aggregate score against South Africa to 29-0 and keep their hopes of entering the knockout stage alive.

The China-South Africa game also sent Group B leaders Germany to a secured spot of qualifying to the last 16.

China and Spain are hopeful to join the world No 2 with both having lost 1-0 to Germany. Spain came from behind to beat South Africa 3-1 earlier.

As 24 teams are divided into six groups, the top two of each group and the four best third-placers qualify for the round of 16.

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