China lose 0-5 against US in Algarve Cup

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 09, 2013 09:20 hrs

Albufeira (Portugal), March 9 (IANS) Two-time champions China suffered a 0-5 drubbing by the US in a crucial Group B clash of the Algarve Cup women's football tournament.

China, who drew with Sweden 1-1 in the opening battle, took the upper hand in the early period with more open chances Friday, reports Xinhua.

Veteran captain Pu Wei sent a sharp through pass to clear the field in the American box after 12 minutes but her teammate failed to capitalise on the one-to-one chance which was China's best opportunity.

The US, triple Olympic champions, created their first chance one minute later and scored. Leroux Sydney beat her opponent in the left flank and ran to the area before delivering an angled low shot.

China's keeper Zhang Yue failed to clear a high cross in the 32nd minute and left her goal open. Ali Krieger's easy finish made it 2-0.

After the restart, the Americans dominated the game with three more goals to seal the second victory in a row and top Group B.

China, though fielding their former ace striker Ma Xiaoxu, found it hard to seize foothold in the midfield with an offensive 4-1-2-3 formation, totalling four shots compared to more than 20 by the opponents.

Algarve Cup, the annually global invitational tournament since 1994, is one of the most famous women's football events and features 12 teams divided into three groups for the 2013 edition.

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