The United States lost out 2-0 to China PR in their last Group B game at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008 on Wednesday, but the result made no difference as the Americans stroll through as section winners. France's 3-1 win against Argentina means that China's efforts were too-little-too-late, as they head for home at the end of the group stage.
US coach Tony DiCicco made five changes from the side that won their first two games here in Chile, and the side looked out of sorts as a result. The Chinese tried to take advantage of the situation in the first half, but their best chances were coming from long distance and the best of those tries came from Li Wen in the 40th minute, but US keeper Chantel Jones was equal to the task.
The Chinese managed to pick up the pace in the second period and they grabbed an opener in the 52nd minute when an unsure Jones bobbled a corner kick and Li Wen popped up in front of her to hammer home and make it 1-0 to China.
The US net-minder was again at the heart of the move that lead to China's second goal in the 58th minute. Liu Shunkun's long-range shot was not well handled by the keeper and it ended up in the back of the net.
The result was a good one for the Chinese, but it brings their bitter-sweet campaign to an end. The Americans, for their part, win Group B and will take on the second-place finisher of Group A on 30 November.