China, Spain Progress to World Cup Knockouts After Goalless Draw

June 18, 2019
Editor: Ling Xiao

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China's Wang Shuang (C) competes during the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

China held firm to tie Spain 0-0 in their final Group B match in the FIFA Women's World Cup here on Monday, as both sides make knockout stage with the draw.

Jia Xiuquan's team claimed only one attacking attempts, which came in the 51st minute, against Spain's 24 throughout the game.

"It's not an easy draw, even without a single score," said a tearful Jia, former coach of China's U-19 men's national team.

"My players defended hard and their mental persistence moved me," he explained to a post-match mixed zone why he's coming off the pitch with tears.

"It's all about teamwork. We came through all the ups and downs to draw a valuable point from this game and we made it together," echoed Chinese defender and captain Wu Haiyan.

With the goalless tie, Spain finish second behind Germany and China in the third after the group leaders German side claimed a 4-0 rout over South Africa in a match having kicked off simultaneously in Montpellier.

"Of course we're happy to qualify for the round of 16. We're continuing to make history," commented Spain's coach Jorge Vilda, whose side improved from a 20th-place finish from last World Cup to be at least round of 16 finalists in their second appearance.

"We knew a draw was a possibility," he added. "It would have been good to have scored, but I think today the Chinese goalkeeper was very very good."

The Steel Roses' goalie Peng Shimeng, who's voted Player of the Match, carried out a heroic performance in Stade Oceane, having cancelled 15 shooting opportunities from the rivals with a help of China's defending line led by skipper Wu Haiyan.

Keeping in mind that a draw would be enough to guarantee China a last 16 spot but a win may see them against the holders United States, the 1999 runners-up kept their starting 11 unchanged from South Africa victory and played a counter-attack format.

Only mistakes in Spain's passing allowing China to pose a little danger both before and after the interval.

Spain, on the other hand, tried to their full reach to create opportunities, not only through possession, but also with long balls to right winger Lucia Garcia and front attacker Nahikari Garcia.

Jennifer Hermoso nailed the best first-half chance for La Roja, nodding towards the Chinese goal with a tight angle following a Virginia Torrecilla cross to force keeper Peng Shimeng dive to save in the 39th minute.

The very fast Spaniards pushed even harder on China's defense after the break, but Gu Yasha, Liu Shanshan and Wu Haiyan and the keeper Peng were doing a good clearance job.

Paris Saint-German star Wang Shuang managed to attract the attention of rival defenders and tried to create spaces upfront before she's withdrawn at 55 by coach Jia, who sent on Li Wen, a 30-year-old defender.

The 24-year-old's attacking partner in China's runners-up performance at last year's Asian Games, Wang Shanshan, suffered a knee twist 28 minutes into the game and was substituted by Yang Li after the break.

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Players of China greet the audience after the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. [Xinhua/Zheng Huansong]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Players of China greet the audience after the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. [Xinhua/Zheng Huansong]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

China's head coach Jia Xiuquan (2nd L) shouts instructions to his players during the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams advanced into the knockout stage. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

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China's goalkeeper Peng Shimeng (1st R) makes a save during the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams advanced into the knockout stage. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

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Marta Corredera of Spain (L) vies with Gu Yasha of China during the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams advanced into the knockout stage. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

China's goalkeeper Peng Shimeng (R, front) celebrates with her teammate Wu Haiyan after the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams advanced into the knockout stage. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

China's goalkeeper Peng Shimeng (R) celebrates with her teammates Liu Shanshan (C) and Wu Haiyan after the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams advanced into the knockout stage. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

China's head coach Jia Xiuquan (R, center) reacts after the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams advanced into the knockout stage. [Xinhua/Zheng Huansong]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

China's head coach Jia Xiuquan (R, center) reacts after the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams advanced into the knockout stage. [Xinhua/Zheng Huansong]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

China's head coach Jia Xiuquan (R, center) greets his players after the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams advanced into the knockout stage. [Xinhua/Zheng Huansong]

 

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Head Coach Jorge Vilda of Spain reacts before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Players of Spain line up before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

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Zhang Rui (2nd R) of China vies with Nahikari Garcia (1st R) of Spain during the Group B match at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Shan Yuqi]

 

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Li Ying (2nd L) of China kicks the ball during the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Xu Zijian]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Goalkeeper Peng Shimeng (1st R) of China saves a shot during the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. [Xinhua/Xu Zijian]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Fans wait for the start of the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Supporters of Spain reacts before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Mao Siqian]

 

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Gu Yasha of China warms up before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Mao Siqian]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Wang Shuang (R) of China warms up before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Mao Siqian]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Supporters of China cheer for the team before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Mao Siqian]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Supporters of Spain cheer for the team before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Mao Siqian]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

A supporter of Spain cheers for the team before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

Fans wait for the start of the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

A family take selfies before the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(SP)FRANCE-LE HAVRE-2019 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP-GROUP B-CHN VS ESP

A boy waits for the start of the Group B match between China and Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, June 17, 2019. [Xinhua/Ding Xu]

 

(Source: Xinhua)

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