Ten-player China sink Haiti

China PR rallied from a first-half red card to defeat Haiti 1-0 and keep their Women’s World Cup dream alive.

  • The Steel Roses were at a numerical disadvantage for over an hour

  • Wang Shuang’s second-half penalty sealed victory

  • Melchie Dumornay was only fit enough for a spot on the bench

 

 

China PR 1-0 Haiti | Group D

Goalscorers: Shuang pen (74′)

China secured a vital 1-0 victory over Haiti at Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday, ensuring the Steel Roses will take their knockout-stage pursuit to the final matchday.

A red card for Zhang Rui midway through the first half gave Shui Qingxia’s side it all to do, but the Asian Champions held on and would eventually find a winner through a Wang Shuang penalty.

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A fairly lacklustre start to the game burst into life just before the half-hour mark, when experienced China midfielder Zhang Rui flew into Sherly Jeudy with a high, studs-up tackle. Referee Marta Huerta de Aza initially gave a yellow card, before consulting the pitch-side monitor and deciding to overturn her decision to red.

Haiti called upon Dumornay from the bench at half-time and it didn’t take long for the forward to have a chance of her own, reacting quickest to a penalty-box scramble to fire towards goal, only for China goalkeeper Zhu Yu to pull off a fantastic, point-blank save.

 

China hung on, though, and were afforded the most unlikely of lifelines. A rare foray forward found Zhang Linyan in the box, and she was clumsily brought down by Ruthny Mathurin. While Linyan was initially deemed offside, VAR rightfully overruled the assistant to allow Wang Shuang to comfortably dispatch from the spot.

The drama continued in Adelaide as Haiti were awarded a late penalty themselves when Chen Qiaozhu was adjudged to have barged into Roseline Eloissaint, but upon further inspection of the pitch-side monitor, the referee overturned her decision. Haiti’s final chance fell to captain Nerilia Mondesir, but she could only fire wide from a tight angle.

Key stats

China are the first side to win a game despite receiving a red card at these global finals.

 

VISA Player of the Match

Wang Shuang (China PR)

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