China edged Australia from first place on the final day of Group B matches at the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup in Chengdu with the host nation securing a 1-0 victory on Sunday.
A goal in just the ninth minute from Zhang Rui proved enough for China to displace Australia at the top of the standings. Both teams carved out goalscoring openings in the hot and humid conditions but surprisingly only goal was scored.
Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams impressed with first-half stops from the boot of Sun Ling and Han Duan. For the visitors, substitute Collette McCallum angled a free-kick narrowly wide late in the match.
The result meant Korea Republic finished third in the group and were denied a chance to reach the semi-finals. The Koreans needed victory by a large margin against Vietnam, combined with a defeat for China, to stay in the hunt, however their 5-0 win proved to no avail. Yoo Young-A led the way with a hat-trick with further goals from Cha Yun-Hee and Jung Hae-In to ensure a comprehensive win in their final match.
Japan and Korea DPR will play today for top spot in Group A with China to meet the runner-up in the group. The top three teams will represent Asia at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™.