China beat S. Korea 3-0 in women's football opener at Military World Games
Yang Li (centre) of China, dribbles the ball during a women's football first round match between China and South Korea at the 7th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Military World Games in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province on Th
Xinhua, Wuhan :
Yang Li and Zhang Rui combined for three goals as Chinese team clinched victory in their opening match at the Wuhan Military World Games, beating South Korea 3-0 here on Thursday.
28-year-old Yang scored a quick opener for the home side in the sixth minute and then converted a header to make it 2-0 in the 51st minute. In the stoppage time, Zhang Rui added a third connecting a rebound after her penalty was saved by the South Korean goalkeeper Gwon Juyeong.
"This was a good performance from the team, and a good start to the competition. We want to win the championship," said coach Zhang Zhengchun. "Yang Li has done a great job, taking her chances well. That is what she always does."
"This is different from other competitions as the players are representing our soldiers. We want to showcase the style of Chinese soldiers and bring out our best in front of all Chinese football fans," noted midfielder Ren Guixin.
In the other game in Group A, Germany edged the United States 1-0. In Group B, the DPR Korea beat Brazil 3-0, while Cameroon defeated France 2-0.